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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)
Invitation of sealed tenders for 'Execution of solar power based mini Drinking Water Supply project', State Government, Odisha
A contract of solar energy based dual pump piped water supply schemes under National Rural Drinking Water Programme (NRDWP) in Integrated Action Plan (IAP) districts of the Odisha state. SAMPARK TRUST posted 7 years 9 months ago

For details on the tender call notice, please click here.

For further information on the Odisha Renewable Energy Development Agency, click here.

The notice is attached below for your consideration.

Invite to an innovation challenge on water irrigation ' A Watershed Moment in India', Greenpeace India, September 3 - November 15, 2013
An open platform to design an innovative renewable energy pump kit which meets the need of millions of small farmers, cuts down irrigation costs & encourages uptake of micro-irrigation methods. sabitakaushal posted 7 years 10 months ago




Call for Abstracts for conference 'Young Ecologists Talk and Interact (YETI-2013)', Nagaland University, Zunheboto, Nagaland, December 17-19, 2013
A first-of-its-kind conference for students and researchers working in the discipline of ecology and social sciences in India. sabitakaushal posted 7 years 10 months ago

For more information on the conference, please click here.

Details on the YETI-2013, may also be viewed here.

You may download the poster for YETI 2013, from below.

Resurrecting the dying 'gharats' of Uttarkashi
Once thought to be common property of the village, these traditional water-powered grinding mills are disappearing. Can reviving them restore a sense of community as well? chicu posted 7 years 10 months ago

Gharats are water-powered grinding mills found in Himalayan villages. Though these are owned and managed by individuals, they are considered to be the common property of the entire village.

The improved gharat (watermill) at Ganeshpur
Are solar pumps the start of an ever-green revolution or the end of our groundwater reserves?
Solar energy might be free but the equipment needed to tap into it is expensive. Can farmers benefit without falling into the subsidy trap? chicu posted 8 years 1 month ago

Indian farmers depend on groundwater for irrigation but often, there is a shortage of electricity that is required to pump out this water. While diesel pumps are an option, they are costly to run. A better alternative is to tap into freely available solar power. However, this technology is quite expensive at present and effective subsidies and incentives drive its usage.

Dug wells- A potentially safe source of drinking water for the arsenic and iron contaminated region of Bihar - A paper by Megh Pyne Abhiyan (MPA)
Dugwells started losing their significance following installation of handpumps, which led to uncontrolled pumping of groundwater and problems of groundwater contamination with arsenic in Bihar Sumathi Sivam posted 8 years 11 months ago

This paper published by Megh Pyne Abhiyan argues that  dug wells slowly started losing their significance following the invention and large scale marketing of hand pumps,.

Bore well recharging through "V" wire technology in Belavadi village, Chikmagalur district in Karnataka
Bore well recharging through "V" wire technology in Belavadi village, Chikmagalur district in Karnataka Seetha posted 9 years 4 months ago

Video Courtesy : FLRWHS

Odisha Groundwater (Regulation, development and management) Bill, 2011
A press release by Odisha Water Forum expressing concerns on the draft Bill. Amita Bhaduri posted 9 years 10 months ago

Content courtesy: Odisha Water Forum 

The Odisha Groundwater (Regulation, Development and Management) Bill, 2011 has been placed before the Odisha Legislative Assembly in this session. Odisha Water Forum has gone through the contents of this bill. While Odisha Water Forum appreciates the initiative of the Government of Odisha to regulate development and management of groundwater, it is concerned about the fact that this bill does not address the fundamental concerns regarding groundwater management.

Groundwater, self-supply and poor urban dwellers - A review with case studies of Bangalore and Lusaka by IIED
This paper by IIED explores the extent to which urban dwellers, and especially those living in low income areas, depend directly and indirectly on groundwater. Amita Bhaduri posted 9 years 11 months ago

It investigates the difficulties they face and emphasizes the need for better integration of groundwater in the planning and management of urban water resources.

Adapting to the global groundwater crisis - Its usage needs to be regulated and monitored
The current global groundwater crisis reflects the fact that over the past century, groundwater withdrawal has grown to exceed natural renewable groundwater storage. tnnarasimhan posted 10 years 3 months ago

The global groundwater crisis centers on withdrawals notably exceeding short term renewable storage. The current global groundwater crisis reflects the fact that over the past century, groundwater withdrawal has grown to exceed natural renewable groundwater storage. The single most important cause is the deep well turbine pump. Groundwater depletion is very high in both the United States and India.