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This paper published in the Journal of Global Health sheds light on the grave water scarcity that the country could face in the coming years and warns that this could happen in as few as twenty years as the demand for water continue to exceed the sources of supply. The paper argues that this will have a negative effect on the public health and sanitation situation in the country and urgent steps thus need to be taken to deal with this situation.

The paper informs that groundwater accounts for about 50%-80% of domestic water use and 45%-50% of the irrigation in the country.

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Megh Pyne Abhiyan, supported by Arghyam, has been working towards self-reliance and access to safe drinking water and secure sanitation, in 22 panchayats of five flood-prone districts of north Bihar. Included below are four briefing papers that describe innovative localised solutions implemented by Megh Pyne Abhiyan to deal with the problems arising out of the recurrent flood situation in the state of Bihar

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A two day course on Managed Aquifer Recharge (MAR) was conducted as part of the Saph Pani project, funded by the European Commission, at the Anna University in Chennai between the 11th and 12th of December. The event saw the coming together of experts in the field from across the world – Saph Pani partners from Europe, Australia as well as those from within India. The two day event witnessed a series of interesting presentations and deliberations that ranged from sustainability of MAR structures to impact assessment and not to forget, the Indian experience.

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The Saph Pani project aims to improve water resource and supply in water stressed areas in the country, with expert help from scholars in India and abroad. 

Managed Aquifer Recharge

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Hello,

We are trying to understand the quality of the water that is being generated in our aprtment complex.

For this we have done one round of testing for the Sewage Treatment Plant (STP) water and Water Treatment Plant (WTP) water.  Looking at the report the association does not have a clue on what the test results mean.

The STP report indicates that it is below the TNPCB discharge limit, so we wanted to know if the water can be used to recharge the rainwater pit or we can only use it to water the plants.

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I would like to know how to check the maximum capacity of the borewell. I have done a test on my borewell pump with 5 hp 6 stage submersible pump at full force the water level is down to 30 ft, 3 inch regular pipe it remains at 130 ft in borewell casing. The pump is at 70 feet and the total depth is 160 ft. The water level from the top is 15 ft when the pump is switched off.

Would like know if I can get water of 12 hp from it or would be too heavy for it, as my water consumption is very high.

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The focal theme of the 8th Kerala Environment Congress was Agriculture and Environment. The congress aimed at providing a platform for scientists, researchers, students and members of the community to deliberate on the issues pertaining to the agricultural sector and their impacts on the environment.

The Congress was jointly organised by Centre for Environment and Development (CED), Thiruvananthapuram and the Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Biotechnology (RGCB), Thiruvananthapuram 

Inauguration of the conference

Around 350 participants including eminent scientists, agricultural experts and students participated in the event. The conference was inaugurated by the Chief Minister of Kerala, Sri. Oommen Chandy. Speaking on the occasion, the Chief Minister, highlighted that development and environment were linked and that the approach to the cause of agriculture and environment needed to be realistic since the state could not neglect both development and environment. He also pointed out that Kerala was one state having a very high reputation in preserving and protecting the forest cover, which was much  higher than the national average in the state. This was possible due to the will and awareness of the people of Kerala. He emphasised the need for a more realistic approach to deal with issues related to the agriculture and environment.

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Inaugural speech by the Chief Minister of Kerala

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This document includes the proceedings of the Kerala Environment Congress organised at Thiruvanathapuram that included twenty three presentations that focused on the issue of solid and liquid waste management

This document published by the Centre for Environment and Development (CED) includes the proceedings of the Kerala Environment Congress 2010  jointly organised by the Centre for Environment and Development (CED), Thiruvanathapuram, Kerala, sponsored by the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) and The Life Insurance Corporation of India.

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Sir,

The borewell at home in Nandanam, Chennai is about 70ft in depth. After every rain,water does'nt flow through the pump. Each time we have to engage a team of plumbers to get the pipes out and clean the filter and the unit at the bottom of the pipes.

Twice we had to flush out muddy water using a machine. While cleaning the overhead tank, there were a lot of fine sand sediment, almost a bucket full.

Kindly suggest a solution to this never ending probem.

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Is it mandatory for geologists identifying boring well locations, to declare the purpose of drilling, whether the groundwater is to be used for domestic or industrial use.

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Query received as through email from Arun Kumar

What is the minimum distance to be maintained between the natural well and sewer line as per Indian code of practice.

Could you please tell the code number also.

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