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December 29, 2020 Water resources in most Indian cities are overworked and overused, and not adequately replenished.
Cities in India are marked by unequal distribution of water, lack of access, outdated infrastructure and minimal enforcement of rainwater harvesting and other means of supply. (Image: Anish Roy, Pixabay)
November 8, 2020 The National Hydrology Project has created a national platform for water data and is working to enhance the technical capacities of agencies dealing with water resources management.
Breakthrough cloud computing facilities and remote sensing applications have helped showthe filling pattern of a water body (tank or reservoir) through freely available satellite imagery at an interval of five days.  (Image: Maithan dam, Wikimedia Commons)
December 26, 2019 Policy matters this week
The Mandovi river disputed between Karnataka and Goa (Source: IWP Flickr Photos)
December 4, 2019 To adapt well & build resilience, climate change strategies need to factor in efforts towards water security, writes Vanita Suneja, Regional Advocacy Manager (South Asia), WaterAid.
Image credit: WaterAid/Prashanth Vishwanathan
November 18, 2019 Bangalore's water utility is understaffed, under financed and unable to service the city's water needs.
Image credit: Citizen Matters
Under Har Ghar Nal Se Jal, states to open water testing labs
Policy matters this week Swati Bansal posted 1 year 4 months ago

DDWS orders states to open up water testing laboratories to the public

Residents of a village testing their water (Source: Arghyam)
Bringing back the trust: Getting our belief back in public water supply systems
While the government has passed a draft notification to bar use of Reverse Osmosis (RO) purifiers in cities, what does evidence on the ground tell us? Aarti Kelkar Khambete posted 1 year 4 months ago

The Government of India has passed a draft notification to bar membrane based systems such as Reverse Osmosis (RO) to be used as domestic purifiers in cities where the tap water is safe according to the Burea

Is our tap water really safe? (Image Source: IWP Flickr Photos)
Decentralised groundwater governance to deal with the groundwater crisis
Decentralised groundwater governance frameworks that integrate democratic institutional mechanisms are needed to deal with the current groundwater crisis in India. Aarti Kelkar Khambete posted 1 year 5 months ago

The challenges to sustain groundwater dependency in India are many where groundwater over extraction is not only leading to rapid depletion of the resource, but also giving rise to water quality issues in a situation where the response at the level of policy continues to be lukewarm.

The need for decentralised governance to deal with the current groundwater crisis (Image Source: ACWADAM)
Jal Jeevan Mission receives Rs 11,500 crore allocation in Budget 2020-21
Policy matters this week Swati Bansal posted 1 year 5 months ago

Government allocates Rs 11,500 crore to Jal Jeevan Mission for 2020-21

In the budget 2020-21, the Finance Ministry has allocated Rs 11,500 crore to the Jal Jeevan Mission for the year for 2020-21.

Women filling water from a tap (Source: IWP Flickr photos)
Banning RO purifier use when water conforms to BIS norms - Comments invited
RO purifiers can lead to huge wastage of water. A draft notification by the Environment Ministry seeks user’s views on banning RO purifiers in areas where water conforms to BIS norms. Aarti Kelkar Khambete posted 1 year 5 months ago

The use of reverse osmosis (RO) purifiers has become a contentious issue, mainly because of the amount of water that is wasted following its use.

Water filter use, safety or luxury? (Image Source: Wikimedia Commons)
Increased river traffic threatens Gangetic dolphins
News this week Swati Bansal posted 1 year 6 months ago

Gangetic dolphins under threat thanks to increased river traffic

The Gangetic Dolphin (Source: Arati Kumar Rao)
The Karnataka State Water Policy 2019
The Karnataka Jnana Aayoga (KJA) set up a Task Group to draft a new water policy for Karnataka in December 2017 and the report is now in public domain. What are the suggestions that the report makes? Aarti Kelkar Khambete posted 1 year 6 months ago

The water crisis in Karnataka has not only led to severe agrarian distress in the eastern plains region but also created an acute shortage of domestic water, in both rural and urban areas. The 21st century has seen significant changes in demography, economy and agriculture, increasing the demand for water in the state.

Groundwater depletion, a growing challenge (Image Source: India Water Portal)
Government notifies new wetland conservation rules
Policy matters this week Swati Bansal posted 1 year 6 months ago

Environment Ministry notifies new wetland conservation rules

Deepor Beel, a wetland in Assam (Source: IWP Flickr photos)
Groundwater variability: The tale of two states
Gujarat shows good groundwater storage while Rajasthan shows severe groundwater depletion, inspite of both states in western India receiving good rainfall. Why is this so? Aarti Kelkar Khambete posted 1 year 6 months ago

India, a groundwater stressed country

Groundwater decline in India (Image Source: India Water Portal)
Godavari, Krishna rivers will not be linked
Policy matters this week Swati Bansal posted 1 year 6 months ago

Andhra Pradesh and Telangana shelve plan to link Godavari and Krishna rivers

Prakasam Barrage across Krishna river (Source: Subhash Chandra via Wikipedia)