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Baldiha dam that once quenched the thirst of farmlands and provided livelihood to Odisha farmers is now bereft of water, thanks to the apathy of the administration.

Located at Shamakhunta block of Mayurbhanj district, around 28 kilometers from Baripada town in Odisha, Baldiha dam was constructed during the rule of Maharaja Shri Ramchandra Bhanjdeo in 1912. The dam was built by the then state engineer Jarnold Martin Loe on river Palpala.  The dam water cannot reach villages far away.</body></html>

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Changing the course of Netravati is feared to affect the fish population in the river which will, in turn, affect the fortunes of the fisherfolk dependent on it.

Rathnakar Salian is a traditional catamaran fisherman from Sasihitlu village in Mangaluru district of Karnataka. He learned how to throw the net, how to pull it out, and how to look for fish in the sea from his father and uncles. Using small catamarans that can carry four persons and their limited gear, he fishes by the coastline, not going deeper than one nautical mile.

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Policy matters this week

More than 50 percent districts yet to be declared open defecation free

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A study from remote villages in rural Uttarakhand finds that toilet use is influenced by geography, accessibility, availability of infrastructure and occupation of villagers.

“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 latrines every day.

Although there is a government-constructed latrine with a water tap that she and her family use when they are at home, she sees no point in coming back home to use the toilet when she goes out to graze animals or to collect firewood a long way into the jungle.

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The villagers of Khalabari are hopeful that the overhead tank being built in the village would make drinking water easily accessible to them.

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 kilometres on the harsh terrain to bring essential commodities needed for their survival. Khalabari, with a population of 186, has 45 households. 

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A study from rural Maharashtra finds piped water supply does not guarantee safe drinking water. Water treatment, storage and WASH practices influence water quality.

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The theme for the Conclave this year is “Water Use Efficiency: An Imperative for India” to highlight the imperative of water use efficiency in the industry, agriculture and urban contexts

November 28, 2017 10:00AM
November 27, 2017 12:00PM

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I have a 300 sft plot in Gachibowli in Hyderabad. For the past two months, a cavity of 2 feet in diameter has formed. Rainwater is disappearing into this hole. I got this cavity filled up twice but a hole gets created whenever it rains. The bore is ten feet away and has casing upto 60 feet. I recently got the pump cleaned of mud and pebbles because water and soil had submerged the bore due to heavy rains. Now what is this hole that is forming? Is it a sink hole or a crack through which the water is disappearing?

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My borewell is located near to the compound wall. After few days of borewell drilling sewage started to get collected on the nearby plot which is hardly 3 feet from the borewell. We drilled for 200 feet. Water levels in the nearby borewell are < 50 feet. We used casing pipe for 35 feet after that pipe didn't go. Once the water collected in nearby plot the water level in the borewell raised. The level of water in the borewell is almost same as the outside sewage water. When we run the motor the water level in the borewell didn't reduced.

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Paani Foundation tasks the villagers with the responsibility of managing their water and saving their villages from drought.

Historians will tell you that an explosion of creativity occurs the moment the world starts complaining that there is nothing left to invent, or that the search for solutions has come to an end.

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