Drinking and other Domestic Uses

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May 25, 2022 Enabling a culture of data sharing between programs and reuse of data
Participatory programs such as JJM require a large amount of village-level information on water (Image: Arpit Deomurar, FES)
February 28, 2022 Gujarat aims to achieve 100 per cent saturation in tap water connection for every household by October 2022 under the Jal Jeevan Mission
The SCALE project implemented in villages in semi arid regions enabled ultra-poor groups in project villages improve their access to drinking water (Image: European Union, Flickr Commons)
February 10, 2022 Budget for sanitation sees a decline
Jal Jeevan Mission has picked up pace after two years (Image: Anita Martinz, Wikimedia Commons,  CC-A-2.0 Generic)
January 30, 2022 MGNREGS: Even after the inclusion of additional funds amounting to Rs. 25,000 crores via supplementary budgets, allocations were 12 per cent less than the previous year's revised estimates
A school boy from Tilonia drinks from a tap from a rainwater harvesting tank (Image: Barefoot photographers of Tilonia)
September 3, 2021 Safe water learning cards being used to train a wide spectrum of stakeholders
Different combinations of safe water learning cards can be customised for a session based on the target audience (Image: INREM)
September 1, 2021 Best practices for holistic urban water management in Chennai Metropolitan Area
These bright plastic jugs are ubiquitous in Chennai and Tamil Nadu. (Image: McKay Savage, Flickr Commons; CC BY 2.0)
Etalin hydroelectric project: Centre grants nod, FAC approval awaited
Policy matters this fortnight Posted on 08 Jun, 2022 01:20 PM

Despite concerns, Etalin hydropower project gets government nod, FAC yet to give clearance

Upper Dibang Valley District, Arunachal Pradesh, India (Source: Wikipedia Commons)
One water, one data
Enabling a culture of data sharing between programs and reuse of data Posted on 25 May, 2022 02:58 PM

Any large-scale water security program by the government needs two things: [i] continuous data - given the dynamic nature of water - its annual replenishment depends on how much rainfall occurs and what farmers decide to grow in that agricultural cycle; and [ii] people who understand this data and continue to maintain the implementation post-intervention.

Participatory programs such as JJM require a large amount of village-level information on water (Image: Arpit Deomurar, FES)
Bamboo stick handwashing station
The bamboo stick handwashing station designed by Sehgal Foundation is an extremely convenient, effective and low cost filter that can be used for handwashing anywhere and is also easy to transport from one place to another. Posted on 19 May, 2022 10:38 AM

Safe drinking water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) are the essential components to lead a healthy life. Correct, consistent, and continuous practices of WASH behavior, particularly hand hygiene can help prevent infections and spread of diseases.

Handwashing, to prevent waterborne diseases (Image Source: Biswarup Ganguly via Wikimedia Commons)
Coal mining in Hasdeo forests gets a go ahead; protestors continue to resist
Policy matters this fortnight Posted on 10 May, 2022 07:34 AM

Chhattisgarh government allows coal mining in Hasdeo forests

Work in progress in a coal mine in India (Image source: IWP Flickr Album). Image for representation only
Cabinet approves revamping of the Rashtriya Gram Swaraj Abhiyan
Policy matter this fortnight Posted on 19 Apr, 2022 01:34 PM

To help rural India achieve SDGs, Cabinet approves Rashtriya Gram Swaraj Abhiyan

Govt to help rural India achieve key targets of UN SDGs (Image source: IWP Flickr photo). Image for representation only
Village fair inspires positive change
Behaviour change towards safe drinking water, handwashing and sanitation practices Posted on 15 Apr, 2022 09:43 AM

S M Sehgal Foundation is implementing a project “WASH for Healthy Home” engaging ten women’s groups in partnership with CAWST and supported by Fig Tree Foundation in Jafrabad Panchayat, district Vaishali, Bihar.

The village fair (Image Source: Sehgal Foundation)
Sensitisation and awareness - for WASH behavior change
Simple, low cost and locally made systems for washing hands can go a long way in motivating people to adopt regular WASH practices. Posted on 05 Apr, 2022 08:43 PM

Adequate water, sanitation, and hygiene are essential components for providing basic health services, and access to safe drinking water, toilets and hand hygiene are the most critical components of WASH services. Correct, consistent, and continuous practices of WASH serve to prevent infections and spread of diseases.

WASH for health

Communicating, for WASH behaviour change (Image Source:  	Biswarup Ganguly via Wikimedia Commons)
Household Water Treatment and Safe Storage (HWTS) network
Sehgal Foundation, India, National Institute of Rural Development (NIRD), India and Centre for Affordable Water and Sanitation Technology (CAWT), Canada have joined hands to start the HWTS network to scale up efforts to improve access to safe drinking water in India. Please join the network if you are passionate about improving the drinking water situation in the country!
Posted on 31 Mar, 2022 03:53 PM

Vision of the network

All Indians must consume affordable safe drinking water.

Goal of the network

To increase safe water coverage in India, specifically in rural, remote and peri-urban areas, with a focus on the poorest of poor through implementation of household water treatment.

Objective of the network

Safe drinking water, an urgent need (Image Source: Wikimedia Commons)
Ceramic pot filter - to make drinking water safe
The ceramic pot is a very effective and low cost water treatment technology to obtain safe and pathogen free water. Know more about how it can be used at the household level. Posted on 07 Mar, 2022 05:42 PM

One of the principal risks to public health is the lack of access to safe drinking water. The Millennium Development Goals by the World Health Organisation (WHO) focus on the target of halving the proportion of people without access to safe drinking water.

Making drinking water safe (Image: PxHere)
Budgetary trends for drinking water in Gujarat: Special focus on tribal communities
Gujarat aims to achieve 100 per cent saturation in tap water connection for every household by October 2022 under the Jal Jeevan Mission Posted on 28 Feb, 2022 01:31 PM

There is a myriad of government schemes and programmes working towards improving water access across the country. Tracking all these initiatives can be cumbersome. The priority that the centre and the states accord to various sectors through the budgetary allocations gives an idea about where the government’s priorities really lie.

The SCALE project implemented in villages in semi arid regions enabled ultra-poor groups in project villages improve their access to drinking water (Image: European Union, Flickr Commons)
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