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July 8, 2021 A compilation of different state level solar irrigation policies provides a quick snapshot of institutional development of solar irrigation in India.
Different solar irrigation policies in India (Image: IWMI)
October 25, 2019 Groundwater use has doubled in Pune. Comprehensive mapping of groundwater resources and better management and governance is the need of the hour.
Groundwater, an exploited resource (Image Source: India Water Portal)
September 30, 2019 The recently concluded 4 day conference in Bangalore looked at the current state of global water resource challenges & future pathways to achieve the SDGs, while ensuring equity in access to all.
Charles Vorosmarty, Chair, COMPASS Initiative, Water Future at the opening plenary on advanced water system assessments to address water security challenges of the 21st century.
August 7, 2019 A million recharge wells for Bangalore
Ramakrishna Bovi is a traditional well-digger in Bengaluru. Image credit: Citizen Matters
July 2, 2019 Decentralised communitarian technology can mitigate the water crises facing us today.
Digging an open well that had some water at lesser depths ranging from 5-10 m using local technology in which a motor run winch draws up the dug up mud from the well bottom. (Image: Rahul Banerjee)
November 16, 2018 The latest study shows declining reserves and rising carbon dioxide emissions from pumping groundwater add to India’s environmental woes.
Billions of litres of groundwater pumped out every year contribute to carbon emissions. (Photo: IWP Flickr photos)
Pumping up hopes the solar way
What will it take for the Haryana government to switch 7 lakh groundwater pumps to solar powered options so it can lower its energy footprint and contain losses in the energy sector? Amita Bhaduri posted 5 years 6 months ago

Haryana's agriculture sector uses seven lakh tubewells, most of which are connected to the grid as the state has a policy of providing highly subsidised electricity to farmers costing Rs. 6200 crore a year. As a result, groundwater exploitation is rampant.

Better incentives needs to be provided to farmers to use solar pumps for tubewells in Haryana
Alarm bells ring for Delhi’s groundwater
The city's old wells and baodis are running dry, and the Yamuna is getting more polluted by the day. Where is Delhi's water going to come from when groundwater levels are also dropping? Amita Bhaduri posted 5 years 6 months ago

Delhi, home to 16.75 million people, is in the grip of a major water crisis. Statistics by the Delhi Jal Board for the year 2011 suggest that the water deficit stands at about 250 million gallons per day with the supply being 830 million gallons per day.

Residents say they are forced to flout the groundwater extraction norms with illegal groundwater pumps in Narela in North-west Delhi due to insufficient and poor quality of water supplied.
Training Course on Solar Powered Pumping Systems Sustainable Solution for Public Drinking Water Supply, WatsanCAD, Bhopal
The training will focus on planning, design, smart remote management & monitoring, on-site quality control and installation practices of solar powered pumping systems. (not verified) posted 6 years 1 month ago

The proposed training is intend to develop capacity of the institutions / organizations / individuals through knowledge sharing on the application of solar energy for pumping and water treatment system appropriate for drinking water sector i.e. rural & urban water supply in India.

Training course on Solar Drinking Water Pumping System
How has water privatisation affected Chattisgarh?
The Mahanadi's longest tributary, the Shivnath, has borne the brunt of urbanisation and industrialisation but the impact has been felt the most by residents. We capture their story in pictures. makarandpurohit posted 6 years 2 months ago

The Shivnath River is the longest tributary of the Mahanadi River.

Shivnath river near Mahamara Barrage, Durg
A way to minimise agricultural problems in India
The concepts of System of Rice Intensification help farmers adopt practices based on their local conditions. Farmers, and an SRI expert in Chhattisgarh, show how it has worked for them. makarandpurohit posted 6 years 5 months ago

Muneswar and more than 170 farmers in Ambikapur, Chhattisgarh have no regrets after shifting over from traditional agricultural methods of farming to the System of Rice Intensification (SRI) method. Why would they? Most of them have been overwhelmed by the kind of returns they have got compared to their investments.

SRI beneficiaries in Ambikapur
Call for abstracts for International Conference on Sustainable materials and Innovative technologies in Civil Engineering, Nehru Institute for Technology, Coimbatore
The Conference focusses on creating sustainable public infrastructure including water resources (not verified) posted 7 years 1 month ago

The water related themes of the Conference are

- Integerated Water Resources management

- Coastal Zone Management

- Groundwater quality

- Urban flooding and landslides

- Ocean infrastructure development

- Global warming and its impact on water resources

- Wastewater treatment and pollution control technologies

Conference on Technologies in Civil Engineering
Access to clean water and sanitation: the rural-urban gap closes
News this week ravleen posted 7 years 2 months ago

The rural-urban divide in access to sanitation reduces: UN

Many rural areas have free toilets
Maharashtra reels under hail storms and unseasonal rainfall
News this month: Maharashtra faces the impact of climate change; Developing El Nino raises fear of a weak Indian monsoon; India's water crisis to worsen in the coming years, says UN. Swati Bansal posted 7 years 3 months ago

Maharashtra reels under hail storms

Unseasonal rainfall in Mumbai (Source: Wikipedia)
The water-energy nexus
Meerut celebrated World Water Day with speakers talking about the connection between the two topics. Amita Bhaduri posted 7 years 3 months ago

The theme of this year’s World Water Day was “energy-water nexus”. It was almost as if the topic was chosen keeping Western Uttar Pradesh in mind because the conflict between water and energy users in agriculture and industry has heightened here in the recent past.

Rise of tubewells in western UP (Source: DTE)
And the 2014 UN ‘Water for Life’ award goes to …
... IWMI-Tata Water Policy Program, a project that focuses on water and energy, and throws light on how the fortunes of groundwater and energy economies are intertwined. sabitakaushal posted 7 years 3 months ago

IWMI-Tata Water Policy Program (ITP), a project that focusses on policy research in the co-management of energy & groundwater, has been awarded the 2014 UN ‘Water for life’ award!

Project leader Tushaar Shah with the award