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DDWS orders states to open up water testing laboratories to the public

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Some domestic UV+UF water purifier have an additional feature of in-tank UV protection. I want to understand if this new feature has some additional health benefit or it is just for marketing only?

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The groundwater we are using for regular usage has become dirty. We require cost effective methods to improve quality of water. Pl suggest.

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Why women need to be trained and engaged in monitoring and surveillance of water quality at the community level in rural India?

Historically, water is a gendered burden, with women being the primary caregivers responsible for cooking, washing and cleaning chores in the house and in modern times in institutions (teachers, anganwadi and healthcare workers). Women have traditionally been associated with various water related tasks - be it collecting, fetching, or purifying water.

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While the government has passed a draft notification to bar use of Reverse Osmosis (RO) purifiers in cities, what does evidence on the ground tell us?

The Government of India has passed a draft notification to bar membrane based systems such as Reverse Osmosis (RO) to be used as domestic purifiers in cities where the tap water is safe according to the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) norms. This is to comply with an order of the National Green Tribunal (NGT) that proposed a ban on RO in the NCR region.

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Hi, We have a well in our colony. We are using water of this well from 4-5 years. But from last 4 months we found that turbid water comes in our well. We think this water comes from the gutter which is behind our society (approx 150 metres) but we are not sure about this. After some checking we know that already 4-5 wells are not in use near our society. So, can you help us we are facing too much problems.

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Floods such as in 2018 could take the situation downhill causing severe drinking water crisis.

Surrounded by vast expanses of water, the Kuttanad region in Alleppey district, Kerala faces severe drinking water scarcity due to infrastructure failure and civic body inaction.

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I need to know what is the primary and secondary source of water in Karnal?

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Women swipe clean drinking water through an automated dispensing unit at the Lalbagh slum.

It’s a dull reality that the state of water in the urban slum of Lalbagh near Azadpur in north Delhi was awful till a few years back. Hoards of people would queue up to get water from the public taps or the tankers along the road. Life was tough here and people got access to piped water supply only recently. Paying for clean water from private companies was unaffordable and people often depended on sources that were polluted and unsafe to drink. Women and children had to bear the burden of water collection and this cost them a lot in terms of time and energy.

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This presentation gives details of the permissible and desirable limits of various parameters in drinking water as per the BIS standard specifications for potable water.

Arghyam has compiled a brief presentation which gives details of the permissible and desirable limits for various parameters in drinking water as per Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) specifications for potable water (IS -10500: 2012). While the standards were first published in 1983, this is the second revision available on the BIS website.

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