Sanitation and Hygiene

  • India is the second most populous country in the world, with more than one billion citizens. 163 million people lack access to safe water and 210 million people lack access to improved sanitation. With the per capita availability of water continuing to decline, the nation hurtles towards water scarc...
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  • Saving the Ennore Creek: Chennai fisherfolk stage Jal Satyagraha Fisherfolk in Chennai are staging protest in knee deep waters against the Tamil Nadu government's decision to illegally convert 6500 acres of the Ennore wetlands into an industrial real estate. Protesters have alleged that the governm...
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  • Senior Evaluation Specialist:  Ex-post Evaluation of USAID/India’s  Financial Institutions Reform and Expansion (FIRE-D) Activity Working together with a Social Impact M&E Specialist and Senior Technical Advisor, the Senior Evaluation Specialist will be expected to contribute substa...
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  • Arunachal achieves the open defecation free status Following Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh becomes the second state in the Northeast to be declared open defecation free. The state has achieved the open defecation free target one year and 10 months ahead of the national target, which is October 2, 2019....
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  • There is a huge dearth of cleanliness in India--open defecation is rampant; garbage management in most cities is in shambles; toxic hospital and industrial wastes and sewage are allowed to drain into water sources and food products are laced with chemicals. However, we still seem to be oblivious to...
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  • Recycling is the only option to handle plastic waste at present. Now Indian scientists have found a new use for plastic waste--for decontamination of water. Dr Premanjali Rai and Dr Kunwar P. Singh from Environmental Chemistry Division, CSIR - Indian Institute of Toxicology Research, Lucknow have u...
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  • More than 50 percent districts yet to be declared open defecation free According to the latest data from the Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation, out of the 640 districts in the country, 400 are yet to be declared open defecation free (ODF). Among the smaller states, Goa has fared the wo...
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  • Social media has brought the world to our desktop where information is available at the click of a button. The issues now are not just related to a particular community, region, state, or country; they are global. We get attached to them directly or indirectly and share our opinions on them, which i...
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  • Railways biodigesters are not better than septic tanks: IIT study According to a two-year-long study by the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Madras, the biodigesters installed in Indian trains over four years at a cost of Rs 1,305 crore are no better than a septic tank. Biodigesters are a new ...
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  • “Sometimes I go for open defecation, sometimes I use the toilet. It’s not like I always have to use the toilet. When I go for work here and there, I defecate in the jungle,” says Renu from one of the remote villages in Tehri Garwal district of Uttarakhand when asked why she does not use latrin...
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  • The Tamil Nadu Urban Sanitation Support Programme (TNUSSP) has published three practice briefs that present the research findings as well as learning from the various components of TNUSSP. These briefs are targeted mainly at FSM practitioners, researchers and academic institutions. The practice bri...
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  • November 19 is World Toilet Day. Enormous progress has been made in the global effort to provide safe and affordable toilets for the world’s poorest citizens since World Toilet Day was first declared in 2001. Significant strides have been made in “reinventing” toilet designs for low-income, wa...
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  • India has the highest number of people without access to toilets: Report According to a report by WaterAid, the number of people having no access to a toilet in India is around 732 million which include 355 million women and girls. Despite the ongoing Swachh Bharat Mission that was launched in...
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  • SC orders Maharashtra government to pay Rs 100 crore for restoration of Ulhas and Waldhuni rivers In a landmark order, the Supreme Court has directed the Maharashtra government to pay Rs 100 crore for tackling the pollution of Ulhas and Waldhuni rivers in Thane district. The amount disbursed for th...
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  • SACOSAN is a sanitation-centered biennial convention led by the governments of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) nations - Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. There will be eight thematic sessions on selected topics t...
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  • Gandhigram Trust, Dindigul and Arghyam, Bangalore co-hosted a Sanitation Partners' Meet on November 9-10, 2017 at Dr. Soundram Manimandapam, Gandhigram Trust, Gandhigram. The meeting was attended by various NGOs from across the country, the district collector, the project director of DRDA and block ...
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  • In the early hours, the villagers of Khalabari, a tribal-dominated village in the Dumuripadar gram panchayat of Koraput district in Odisha step out of their houses for bringing wood and drinking water. The road to the forest where the water is available is rocky. Both women and men walk a few kilome...
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  • Yet again, North India shrouded in heavy smog Delhi and parts of north India are once again enveloped in heavy toxic smog, thanks to crop burning in Punjab. Taking note of the crisis, the National Green Tribunal has rapped the state governments concerned and has instructed them to ta...
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  • Concerned with contaminated water sources in rural areas, the Centre plans to provide piped water supply (classified as an improved water source by the WHO & UNICEF Joint Monitoring Report) to 80 percent rural households in the country by 2022. Better access to drinking water is certainly good n...
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  • About the programme:  The Masters of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) programme aims to train students for a career in WASH mostly dealing with planning, implementation and management aspects of community led WASH programme. The study of WASH, involves the larger study of the conditions th...
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Faulty pipelines and lack of proper sewage treatment plants are some of the causes of increasing jaundice cases in Raipur.

The family of Somesh Manikpuri of Amasivani colony in Raipur is still in shock of his sudden demise from jaundice in May this year. Six similar deaths have been reported from Raipur since April 2018. Memsingh Chandrakar, a resident of Naharpara, another locality in Raipur, was also affected by jaundice in May. He says, “We did not have an epidemic like this in Naharpara till a decade ago. The quality of drinking water was far better then than it is now and we lived a healthy life.

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NGT asks CPCB to monitor industrial waste discharge of states

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While crores of rupees have been allocated for cleaning up Ganga, the river continues to flow filthy.

As the Ganga emerges from the glaciers and glides along the foothills of the mighty Himalayas through the towns and cities with their sprawling ghats, engineered embankments, hydroelectric dams, and interrupted flows at barrages, the icy chilliness of its waters is lost. Pilgrims swarm its bank to pay obeisance to the holy river but the river continues to be treated as a dump yard for human waste, dirt and rubbish.

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No more clearance to activities affecting eco zones in the Western Ghats: NGT

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The soakpit is getting filled quickly, especially during rainy season. As it has been happening regularly, we created a new tank recently. It is also filling in two days. Septic tank is ok now and require emptying once in two months. Could you provide any suggestion please ?

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Frequent disasters the Kashmir Valley witnesses are both man-made and natural. What’s the solution?

Witnessing a multitude of disasters from destructive floods to catastrophic earthquakes, the vulnerabilities arising out of natural disasters are ever increasing in Jammu and Kashmir. Intensified cloudbursts, frequent flash floods, recurring landslides and avalanches pose a serious threat not only to the state’s sustainable development but human survival as well. 

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Hi, the soakpit of my house has chocked, I need to make another but have certain space problems (available space is 5 feet by 5 feet). Could you please provide me some practical solutions to make the soakpit, I really need advice on this. Thanks.

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Trichy, a Tier II city in the southern state of Tamil Nadu, India, has been selected as one of the cities under the City Wide Inclusive Sanitation (CWIS) initiative by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The CWIS initiative is globally supported by multiple agencies and organisations including the BMGF and the World Bank. CWIS cities are expected to move towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) for sanitation to ensure safe, inclusive, and financially sustainable sanitation services, and serve as global benchmarks.

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Kerala floods take 38 lives, severe loss reported

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The blanket ban on plastic has missed an opportunity to show how government and citizens can work together to deal with the plastic menace.

The recent plastic ban in Maharashtra has opened a can of worms and has raised many uncomfortable questions—about the setting of rules with clarity and foresight, better research to understand the challenges in implementing them and the role of citizens in making it a success.

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