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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 18, 2019 A study from Gujarat finds that micro-irrigation combined with metered power led to a reduction in uncontrolled groundwater extraction by farmers.
Micro-irrigation and its impact on groundwater (Image Source: India Water Portal)
December 13, 2019 A study highlights the need to scale down the export of rice, maize, buffalo meat and other items to conserve groundwater in India.
A farmer uses a hosepipe to irrigate crops at her farm in Nilgiris mountains, Tamil Nadu (Image: Hamish John Appleby for IWMI, Flickr Commons, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)
Odisha's Puri becomes first city in the country to have safe water under Jal Jeevan Mission (Urban)
News this fortnight Swati Bansal posted 5 days 10 hours ago

Odisha’s Puri first city in the country to provide safe drinking water while

Functional tap water supply to end rural water woes (Image source: IWP Flickr Photos)
Dealing with droughts
There are many reasons why we see more droughts in India these days. Here is all the information that you need to know droughts better. Aarti Kelkar Khambete posted 1 month 1 week ago

Droughts are one of the most feared natural calamities in India impacting food production, the economy as well as the morale of millions of farmers in a cou

India will see more droughts in the future. (Image Source: Wikimedia Commons)
Four north-western states and UTs to achieve 'Har Ghar Jal' status by 2022
Policy matters this fortnight Swati Bansal posted 1 month 2 weeks ago

Centre to allocate Rs 8,216.25 crore for four north-western states and UTs under Jal Jeevan Mission

A woman climbs up a water tank to fetch water due to lack of access to pipe water connection (Image Source: India Water Portal Flickr Album)
Centre releases funds to states under Jal Jeevan Mission
Policy matters this fortnight Swati Bansal posted 2 months ago

Jal Jeevan Mission: Centre releases funds to states and asks states/UTs to digitise water supply infrastructure in rural India

A roadside tap in a village (Image source: IWP Flickr photos)
Water footprint of food and cooking fuel
Rice and wheat have large water footprints in rural India Amita Bhaduri posted 4 months ago

Water is a basic resource for food and fuelwood production. In general, people in rural areas of India consume carbohydrate-rich staples with small amounts of animal foods. They mostly depend upon fuelwood for cooking.

Madhya Pradesh has the largest blue water footprint for food (334 m3/cap/year) and the blue water footprint from wheat contributes 87%. (Image: Pixabay)
NGT orders states to designate nodal agencies for restoring water bodies
Policy matters this week Swati Bansal posted 7 months 4 weeks ago

Designate nodal agencies for restoration of water bodies: NGT to states

Gharisar lake in Jaisalmer, Rajasthan (Source: IWP Flickr photos)
Illegal river bed mining continues unabated in north India
Need effective sand mining governance and law enforcement to address the plundering of the rich river ecosystem. Amita Bhaduri posted 8 months ago

In October this year, locals and river activists campaigned against illegal sand mining in Yamunanagar, Haryana. The authorities were compelled to take notice and the errant firms that had deployed heavy machinery to embank the river and divert its natural flow to extract sand were booked for violation.

Law enforcement is missing on the ground causing immense environmental damage to the river ecosystem (Image: Wikimedia Commons)
30 Indian cities to face rise in water risks by 2050
News this month Swati Bansal posted 8 months 2 weeks ago

30 out of 100 cities to face greatest rise in water risks by 2050 are Indian: Report

Indian cities set to face acute water shortage (Image source: IWP Flickr Photos)
Breaking down data silos in the water sector
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. Amita Bhaduri posted 8 months 3 weeks ago

In support of the Digital India Initiative, the National Hydrology Project (NHP) is translating the Ministry of Jal Shakti (MoJS), Government of India’s (GoI) vision to create a “one water, one data platform” for the country.

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)
Creating a repository for India’s water resources data
WRIS provides a comprehensive, authoritative and consistent data on India’s water resources in a standardised national GIS framework. Amita Bhaduri posted 9 months ago

Water, a scarce natural resource fundamental to life, livelihood, food security and sustainable development is required in every sector i.e. domestic, agricultural, industrial and environmental. Its source is precipitation, the usual forms being rainfall, snowfall etc. These in turn build surface and groundwater resources in the form of rivers, lakes, ponds, glaciers, groundwater etc.

Remoteness of the observation sites poses a challenge in setting up the data collection instrument (Image: Pxfuel)