Urban Water

  • CPCB finds Coca Cola plant in Hapur pumping toxic water into a pond The Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) has found that the Coca Cola plant in Hapur, Uttar Pradesh, has been pumping out nearly 350 kilo litres of toxic wastewater a day into a pond, and that the effluent treatmen...
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  • Delhi, home to 16.75 million people, is in the grip of a major water crisis. Statistics by the Delhi Jal Board for the year 2011 suggest that the water deficit stands at about 250 million gallons per day with the supply being 830 million gallons per day. Unaccounted for water--the gap between t...
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  • Centre to involve public, private firms for urban sewage treatment and Ganga clean up  Cabinet has given a go ahead to the proposal to involve private and public sector companies for urban sewage management in place of municipal agencies and urban local bodies. Under this Public Private Partne...
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  • Panel finds Bengaluru Development Authority (BDA) and private builders responsible for 11,000 acres of lake land encroachment According to the Lakebed Encroachment Committee, nearly 11,000 acres of lake area from 1545 lakes in both urban and rural districts of Bengaluru have been encroached. Of thi...
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  • World-wide campaign against impacts of water privatisation The Nagpur Municipal Corporation Employees Union has launched a world-wide campaign against the much-hyped water privatisation. Boston-based Corporate Accountability International and France-based Public Services International will be helpi...
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  • An article in India Today three years ago was titled ‘Beware Delhi! 70 percent of water in the capital unfit to drink’. Only last year a spike in industrial pollutants in the Yamuna forced the Delhi Jal Board to cut production at two of its water treatment plants by half. This means that De...
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  • Residents were convinced that November was the worst but stock taking and rehabilitation had to wait a week longer as the maniacal rains of December took everyone by surprise and completely crippled the city. According the India Meteorological Department, starting October 1 through December 4, ...
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  • A water ATM, as the name implies, is a sort of a water vending machine similar to bank ATMs except that in a water ATM, money goes in to the machine in return for water. These machines, which run on a cash as well as a prepaid card or smart card system are built, owned and operated by private c...
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  • A recent study on water filter use in Ahmedabad done by the Comprehensive Initiative on Technology Evaluation (CITE) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) found that household water filters were commonly used in households in Ahmedabad. However, the poor lacked access to good quality fi...
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  • About WET 2016VIKSAT announces the next batch of the WASH Educators Training (WET 2016). This batch is particularly for the Institutions/applicants from the western eco-regions of India working on issues related to Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH). The training is directed towards creating and n...
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  • “When cool air blows over the city and it rains in Bhopal bringing welcome respite to its people, I fear that toxic waste is spilling into its groundwater”, says Rajesh Kumar who shows me around the 68-acre plant site of Union Carbide India Limited (UCIL). He drives an auto for a living and is j...
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  • UP's rivers and groundwater are loaded with harmful effluents: CPCBThe Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) has told the National Green Tribunal that the groundwater as well as the rivers flowing through six districts of western Uttar Pradesh--Muzzafarnagar, Shamli, Meerut, Baghpat, Ghaziabad...
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  • There was a recent report in the Times of India on how Singapore, listed among the 20 smallest countries in the world, made water management and conservation efforts over the years. What lessons can India, a mammoth country draw from this small but densely populated country?India, if it continues wi...
    Amita Bhaduriposted 3 years 6 months agoread more
  • It was a sultry Sunday afternoon in Goa, the time traditionally reserved for heavy lunches followed by long siestas but the small crowd gathered at Arjuntree One in Margao defied the stereotype. They had come from all over the city to learn about an activity close to their hearts--growing ...
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  • Chennai has historically been a water-starved region, but never rain-starved as it receives much of its annual quota during the northeast or ‘retreating’ monsoon between October and December. But this November was like no other. The water level in Tamil Nadu for the week ending 11.11.2015 w...
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  • Piped water supply has often been referred to as a gold standard while evaluating access to water supply. For example, The Joint Monitoring Programme for Water Supply and Sanitation (JMP) rates piped water into the highest category while evaluating water access. The paper titled 'Upgrading a pi...
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  • Heavy rain water logs Chennai and other parts of Tamil NaduWith the State staring at a severe water shortage, heavy downpour has brought relief to Tamil Nadu, especially Chennai but has also exposed the State's under-preparedness. Heavy rains have caused severe flooding and water logging in several ...
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  • Increasing concerns over the consequences of inadequate urban sanitation and water with regard to poverty, health, livelihoods, and education have spurred global declarations on the human right to sanitation and water. However, the social and spatial heterogeneity of urban poverty is often missing i...
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  • Kerala, flanked on the west by the Arabian Sea and on the east by the Western Ghats is bestowed with enviable natural resources. It has 44 rivers spanning its lush green landscape and rainfall that averages as high as 3000 mm a year. As one of the most densely populated states in the country, i...
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  • Nearly 1,700 public schools--approximately quarter million children in grades 1-12--of Chhattisgarh have no arrangements for drinking water. While schools in urban areas are largely untouched by this scarcity, the story is different in tribal areas. A report by the central government's National...
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Norms relaxed to allow thermal power plants to use more water

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Study says 40 percent of NCR's water bodies lost to urbanisation in 42 years

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Niti Aayog proposes 300-metre high dam in Arunachal Pradesh

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Next Diwali, you will have the option of buying a bottle of water for Rs 65 lakh. Here are some other ways you can spend that money.

I grew up in the Konkan, drinking water from a well that was filled by rainwater, filtered through the area's laterite aquifers and “fortified” by the leaves shed by the jackfruit tree above it. And then I moved to Pune, where I came across a cloudy, salty, heavy liquid that passed for water. The first time I returned home for the term break, I took a long draught and told my mother, “I have just not been able to quench my thirst in Pune.”

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There is an urgent need to restore Najafgarh basin if the recurrent flooding and water shortage in Delhi and Gurugram have to be avoided in the future.

Here’s some news for nature lovers. A dirty drain in Delhi could well be on its way to becoming a bird sanctuary. The Najafgarh drain or nallah that flows through the northwest part of Gurugram is becoming a new habitat for the strikingly tall Greater flamingos, a rosy-white pink billed migratory bird as it passes through southwest Delhi.  

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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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The Ganga has now been transformed into a water machine with millions of tube wells and canals sucking its waters at frightening rates. What are its implications?

The Ganges, the most revered river in India, faces an unusual predicament. Pollution and excessive usage have turned it into a toxic sludge as it snakes its way through cities, industrial hubs and millions of devotees.

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NGT concerned about overexploited status of Delhi's groundwater

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Bhagalpur canal in Bihar collapses during trial run

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A partnership between Biome, ACWADAM and WIPRO brought stakeholders together to map Sarjapur's aquifer.

The problem of Bengaluru’s water is well known. The demand for water tankers skyrockets during the summer months, when municipal and borewell water supplies run dry, and many of the city’s lakes, actually man-made tanks, lie neglected and polluted.

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