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May 31, 2021 Women become active leaders in the iJal value chain
iJal bridged the gender gap through economic empowerment and reduced the water collection drudgery for women (Image: Safe Water Network)
May 21, 2021 The water woes of Darjeeling continue to grow with unreliable public water supply and highly elastic private water markets. Is there a way out?
Darjeeling, in the grip of a water crisis (Image Source: Bernard Gagnon via Wikimedia Commons)
April 13, 2021 There is a need for long term sustained engagement of the skilled workforce for water and sanitation
Swachhagrahis are the motivators for bringing about behaviour change concerning key sanitation practices in rural India. (Image: SBM)
April 6, 2021 Significantly reduced the daily drudgery of women in rural areas
The water requirement for the scheme is being fulfilled through borings, submersible pumps, and distribution pipelines implemented by the Department of Panchayati Raj, Government of Bihar. (Image: Sehgal Foundation)
December 26, 2019 Policy matters this week
The Mandovi river disputed between Karnataka and Goa (Source: IWP Flickr Photos)
Lockdown to cause severe water stress in summers
News this week Swati Bansal posted 1 year 2 months ago

Summer of 2020 could suffer from severe water stress due to lockdown

Women bringing water from distance sources in summers (Source: IWP Flickr photos))
From policy to practice: Can National Water Policy 2020 bridge the gap?
The new policy needs to build context specificity and have enabling mechanisms for equitable resource allocation. Amita Bhaduri posted 1 year 2 months ago

The way water as a resource has been viewed in the policies of India has evolved significantly over the years. Reduction in per capita availability over the years (5177 to 1463 cubic metres between 1950-2015) has forced every new policy to change the way it has approached its management. It was considered an economic commodity in the second National Water Policy (NWP) drafted in 2002.

Women extracting water from the riverbed, Gaya (Image: ICIMOD/ Prasanta Biswas; Flickr Commons)
Guidelines to handle COVID-19 biomedical waste are out
Policy matters this week Swati Bansal posted 1 year 2 months ago

CPCB releases guidelines to handle COVID-19 biomedical waste

Biomedical waste. Image for representation only (Source: Vivien Rolfe via Flickr)
COVID-19 lockdown: Health of Ganga and Yamuna rivers improves
News this week Swati Bansal posted 1 year 2 months ago

Lockdown impact: Health of water bodies improves

Ganga river at Kachla, Uttar Pradesh (Source: IWP Flickr Photos)
Advisory on how to prevent Covid-19
Those who need to work to survive cannot stay home. What can they do during such times? Amita Bhaduri posted 1 year 2 months ago

COVID-19 (novel coronavirus disease), an acute respiratory disease emerged in late 2019 and has been spreading rapidly across the globe. The World Health Organization has declared COVID-19 a pandemic. It is marked by respiratory problems that are usually mild (coughing, fever) but can be severe (pneumonia, trouble breathing).

The fear is that Covid-19 would almost certainly spread within communities in India, just as it had started to do in Italy, South Korea, and Iran. (Image: Trinity Care Foundation)
Joining the battle against Covid-19
As corona virus 'travels' to rural areas, PRADAN ramps up its response by training tribals and marginalised women. Amita Bhaduri posted 1 year 2 months ago

The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared coronavirus disease a pandemic. Originating from Wuhan in China, it has traversed almost the entire globe, and claimed more than 41,000 lives, while over 8 lakh people are infected already. That’s largely the urban population.

Keeping the communities abreast of best practices for a safe and healthy living (Image: PRADAN)
Frequently asked questions (FAQs) on Jal Jeevan Mission
All you need to know on Jal Jeevan Mission, a time-bound mission-mode programme that was launched in 2019 to provide water to all by 2024. Swati Bansal posted 1 year 2 months ago
On 15 August, 2019, Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the Jal Jeevan Mission (JJM), a time-bound mission-mode programme, to enable all rural household to have functional household tap connection (FHTC) i.e. Har Ghar Nal Se Jal by 2024.
Women benefit the most, when potable water reaches straight to their homes (Image: Shree Padre via IWP Flickr photos)
Clean drinking water: Still a pipe dream for Maharashtra?
While water supply coverage has improved over the years in Maharashtra, why does safe and continuous water supply still remain a distant dream for the state? Aarti Kelkar Khambete posted 1 year 2 months ago

Latur in Maharashtra has been facing acute drinking water scarcity over the last month and has been in news again, and that too, inspite of having piped water connections and a good monsoon this year!

Har nal me jal, a pipe dream? (Image Source: IWP Flickr Photos)
Community-led piped water supply initiative in Bihar
For Har Ghar Nal Ka Jal to succeed, the state needs to look at water harvesting to augment groundwater availability. Amita Bhaduri posted 1 year 2 months ago

Water is a precious natural resource that ensures human well-being. However, across the globe there is a severe water crisis, which is heightened by issues of inaccessibility and contamination.

The community at the ward level of the panchayat is supposed to have complete ownership of the system created. (Image: GG Vogman, Flickr Commons, CC BY-NC 2.0)
Virtual water and water footprint
How much water do we consume directly and indirectly? Aarti Kelkar Khambete posted 1 year 2 months ago

Climate change and water scarcity in India

Food wastage also implies wastage of water (Image Source: WOTR)