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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)
Haryana ranks third in providing tap water to all rural households
News this fortnight Swati Bansal posted 1 week 1 day ago

Haryana comes third in providing tap water to rural households under Jal Jeevan Mission

Women filling water from a tap (Source: IWP Flickr photos)
Jal Jeevan Mission App and Rashtriya Jal Jeevan Kosh launched
Policy matters this fortnight Swati Bansal posted 3 weeks ago

PM Modi launches the Jal Jeevan Mission app and Rashtriya Jal Jeevan Kosh 

An overhead tank in Tamil Nadu that supplies water to a village (Source: IWP Flickr photos)
Desilting their way to water sufficiency
Augmenting tank storage has good impact on the livelihood options of the poor and the marginalised. Amita Bhaduri posted 1 month 3 weeks ago

For over 1,200 livestock of Cheemanahalli, located in the Abludu Gram Panchayat of Sidlaghatta Block, Chikkaballapur District, the village’s cattle pond is the only source of drinking water.

The village pond after the rehabilitation (Image: FES)
Reviving traditional water harvesting structures
A CSO-led holistic tank rehabilitation initiative launched in 2017 to restore the Chandela and Bundela tanks to their ancient glory Amita Bhaduri posted 2 months ago

150 years ago, no government system anywhere in the world was responsible for water supply.

Kishanpura tank, Tikamgarh district, Madhya Pradesh (Image: Strategy document BIWAL)
Government notifies ban on single-use plastics from July 2022
Policy matters this fortnight Swati Bansal posted 2 months ago

No more single-use plastics from July 1, 2022

Plastic menace in Kufri, Himachal Pradesh (Image source: IWP Flickr photos)
Odisha's Puri becomes first city in the country to have safe water under Jal Jeevan Mission (Urban)
News this fortnight Swati Bansal posted 3 months 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 4 months 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 4 months 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 5 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 7 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)
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