Wells and Step-wells

  • Tucked away in a quiet by-lane of Delhi's busiest commercial centre Connaught Place, Agrasen or Ugrasen ki baoli waits imperially for a lost traveller to reach its steps.Called 'Ujar Saini Bauli' according to an archived colonial map dated 1893, this testimony of superb...
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  • About the conferenceThe deliberations for the Roundtable have been designed to enumerate, appraise and understand the challenges of engaging with the issues of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH). The deliberations shall focus upon catalysing innovations for successful and sustainable impacts of WA...
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  • Centre constitutes third expert body to review Uttarakhand dams The Environment Ministry has appointed yet another Committee to review hydropower projects on the Ganga basin in Uttarakhand, after it has received a negative response from the earlier two bodies. It is altogether a new body and not ju...
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  • The Bhuiyas, a group of people who belong to the Scheduled Castes in Jharkhand and Bihar, have historically been landless foragers -- a fact reflected in their name which means 'of the earth'. During the Bhoodaan movement, a group of Bhuiyas received a small amount of land on the Chhota Nagpur plate...
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  • For many in Rapar taluka of Kutch, migration was a way of life due to the absence of rainfall; they went in search of greener pastures. But when the people realised their collective potential and how they could use it to resolve water scarcity in their villages, there was no stopping them ,and the c...
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  • Sustainable management of groundwater continues to be ignored in India although its hydrogeological and socieconomic aspects continue to be studied extensively. Despite recognition of its importance at the policy level, no clear plan of action exists for groundwater management in India.  Due t...
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  • Recent news has been flooded with reports of the severe drought situation in the Marathwada and Vidarbha regions of Maharashtra. Even more shocking are the reports of large-scale suicides by farmers due to crop losses. Although the government has announced a relief package for drought-affected area...
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  • Muthalane village is typical tribal village of Western Maharashtra, with backward agricultural economy. It lacks awareness about water management and is backward in education and other socio-economic factors. Famers in the village practice rain-fed agriculture as they have limited water resourc...
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  • Global surface temperature breaks past recordsAccording to Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) and the US National Aeronautics Space Agency (NASA) May 2014 has been the warmest in recorded history. The global and land temperatures during the month have deviated by 0.76°C and are expected to worsen du...
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  • Advanced Center for Water Resources Development and Management (ACWADAM) isa not-for-profit organization working in earth sciences applications, particularly ingroundwater resources management. Know more about ACWADAM hereDuration: 15 daysSubsidised Training cost: The training is being supported by ...
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  • Bangalore water mafia goes innovative to evade lawThe water mafia, with the help of local political leaders, has taken to digging borewells in rented premises in localities closer to lakes. This started after the government started monitoring borewells in the cityToxic veggies on Navi Mumbai's railw...
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  • No deal on Teesta irks Bangladesh Opposition The Bangladesh Nationalist Party has blamed the ruling government for not being able to ink a deal on Teesta river's water sharing. Dams on the river on the Indian side have hindered its flow and led to water scarcity in northern BangladeshAlarming w...
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  • Drinking water in more than half rural homes contaminatedEven as 99% of urban and 97% rural households in India have drinking water access, 41% urban and 60% rural homes still get contaminated water, says the latest study published in Lancet, a British medical journalManganese in Goa's prime reservo...
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  • What should be the distance of wastewater tank (washing/sink/bathing) and an open well in Kerala?
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  • Most tourist brochures of ‘God’s own country’ Kerala, show off the beautiful beaches and backwaters of Kovalam and Alleppey. The state is also home to both the Northeast and Southwest monsoon receiving an average rainfall of 3000 mm annually (contrast that with around 1000 mm in neighbouring...
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  • I have an open well in my house in Ernakulam district, Kerala. It is around 20 to 30 feet deep. Our problem is that during very heavy summer season we experience shortage of water.Cracking rocks with explosives won't work in our case, because the well is so close to one of the bedrooms. I have heard...
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  •  7 Goa hotels sealedThe State Pollution Control Board ordered the sealing of the hotels for malfunctioning sewage treatment plants, overflowing soak pits or no consent to operate certificate from the BoardAssam objects to hydel project in upstream ArunachalThe 1750 MW Demwe project on the Lohit...
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  • Kerala seas's rich in sand, says GSI The Geological Survey of India (GSI) has revealed that Kerala's offshore areas have 2,030 million tonnes of sand that can cater to the needs of the construction industry in the state for about 50 years. Ponnani, Chavakkad, Alappuzha, Kollam North, and Kolla...
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  • Hello. I am planning to dig a well for irrigation purpose in 15 acres of agriculture land near Akola in Maharastra. I want to know which one will be a good option for me - a borewell or an open well?
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  • Metal plant contaminates groundwater in KollamGroundwater has turned acidic and agricultural fields gone waste within 500 metres radius of Kerala Minerals and Metal Limited in Chittoor village, affecting 300 familes. Tankers supply water only once a weekMaha Irrigation Scam report readyA Committee h...
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Toilets in households have only increased the drudgery of village women as they have to fetch water from faraway sources for toilet use.

Rajasthan is all geared up for the open defecation free (ODF) status well before the national deadline of October 2, 2019. According to the assistant engineer of the nagar parishad, Resha Singh, 4.75 lakh toilets have been constructed since October 2, 2014 in Alwar district which is about to be declared ODF.

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Chhattisgarh’s Bemetara district has been facing severe water shortage for a while now. Rainwater harvesting could be a solution to this.

There seems to be no end to the drinking water crisis in the Bemetara district in Chhattisgarh. It is only becoming worse with every passing day. More than 40 percent of all the hand pumps installed in the district have run dry due to the depletion of groundwater level.  

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Entering its second year, the Graduate Program of Water Science and Policy 2018 at Shiv Nadar University envisages a multi-disciplinary classroom, engagement and content delivered by some of the best minds globally – experts on water who have worked on ground realities, made policies and initiated change.

June 30, 2018 12:00AM

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This study finds that smallholder farmers who undertake group micro irrigation through pooling of land and water resources greatly benefit through increase in productivity and profit margins.

Agriculture is of central importance to India’s economy with more than half of the workforce in the country depending on it for their livelihoods. However, it is increasingly being threatened due to climate-change-induced changing rainfall patterns and water scarcity having a negative impact on production.

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Hello,

We have extremely hard water of TDS 1500 and hardness 700 mg/ltr. We have a softener installed but it is not giving satisfactory results . A local technician informed us that softeners do not work with well water with this high hardness. Is this true? What is the solution for this? We have an RO installed for drinking purposes, but need soft water for other purposes mainly for residential use in the house. Please also suggest a good company that offers these services.

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FKAN’s work on preparing an action plan for the fluoride-affected Remuna block in Balasore shows how proactive policy work can help highlight the issue.

Rabindra Kumar Jena, the Member of Parliament (MP) from Balasore, Odisha knew that something was wrong with the health of people in a part of his constituency but he could not put his finger to it. By sheer chance, in 2015, he got to know that this seemed to be related to excessive fluoride in water, which caused a disease called skeletal fluorosis.

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Maharashtra needs to make its agriculture resilient to climate change, urges Watershed Organisation Trust on the eve of World Water Day 2018.

On the eve of the World Water Day, Watershed Organisation Trust (WOTR), made a presentation to the members of the Maharashtra Legislature. The presentation was a part of an event titled Tackling Climate Change in Maharashtra that was presided over by the chief minister, Devendra Fadnavis.

The Jalyukt Shivar Abhiyan: A step in the right direction but threatened by climate change

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Farmers anxious as government stops water supply from the Sardar Sarovar dam for irrigation

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Adda boring is emerging as a cleaner alternative to vertical boring keeping farmers happy.

Hanumanthappa Ramanagar from Kushtagi taluka of Karnataka’s Koppal district has 15 acres of arid land with two deep wells on two sides of the land. One is a “very old” dug well and the other, a tubewell, is just 10 years old. Both were on the verge of going defunct two years ago. “There were many areas of land around us which were facing a similar fate. It had become a regular feature after the monsoon water receded,” Hanumanthappa says.

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Sir,

My neighbour has dug an open well in their property. They found a rock after digging 7 meters deep and they have been blasting near the side of the well three or four times, without our permission. We also tried to stop them. Could you please suggest suitable methods for removing the rock and getting water from the open well? What are the approved rules in this case?

Location: Nedumbassery Panchayath, Near Vidhyadhiraja School, Angamaly, Kerala

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