Aarti Kelkar Khambete

Sharing water, reaping benefits
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. Aarti Kelkar Khambete posted 3 years 7 months ago
Sprinkler irrigation in Narayanganj block, Mandla district, Madhya Pradesh (Image Source: WOTR)
Is your bottled water safe to drink?
A study finds that lack of coordination, poor stakeholder involvement, inadequate training and poor infrastructure hinder the enforcement of bottled water quality standards in India. Aarti Kelkar Khambete posted 3 years 8 months ago
Many illegal bottled water manufacturers exist in the market. (Image Source: Wikimedia Commons)
Tackling climate change in Maharashtra
Maharashtra needs to make its agriculture resilient to climate change, urges Watershed Organisation Trust on the eve of World Water Day 2018. Aarti Kelkar Khambete posted 3 years 8 months ago
Agriculture needs to be made climate resilient. (Image Source: India Water Portal)
Creating art from waste
Two young entrepreneurs have found a way to manage plastic waste by turning it into useful products. They have also created jobs and increased public awareness around plastic waste. Aarti Kelkar Khambete posted 3 years 9 months ago
Amita and Nandan have started a unique enterprise, Aarohana, that turns plastic from garbage into useful products.
Slow death of a river
River Mutha, which was once the lifeline of Pune, is in dire straits. Concerted and systematic efforts involving citizens, experts and administrators need to be made urgently to save the river. Aarti Kelkar Khambete posted 3 years 9 months ago
River Mutha, as it flows through Pune city. (Source: India Water Portal)
Coughing out coal
A study from Chhattisgarh finds that coal mining leads to severe health risks and environmental damage and questions the current policy emphasis on the use of coal for energy generation in India. Aarti Kelkar Khambete posted 3 years 10 months ago
A villager looks at the changing landscape due to coal mines at Kosampalli village in Raigarh (Image source: IWP photo by Makarand Purohit)
Hotels and industries polluting the Ganga to be sealed
Policy matters this week Aarti Kelkar Khambete posted 3 years 11 months ago
Ganga river at Sangam, Allahabad (Source: IWP Flickr photos)
Cauvery loaded with toxins
News this week Aarti Kelkar Khambete posted 3 years 11 months ago
Cauvery river at Hogenakal, Karnataka. (Source: IWP Flickr Photos via Claire Arni and Oriole Henri)
India faces superbugs
Superbugs can not only render antibiotics useless but lead to prolonged suffering and death in humans. Focus on better sanitation and public awareness is the need of the hour. Aarti Kelkar Khambete posted 3 years 11 months ago
Highly polluted rivers such as the Yamuna can breed superbugs. (Source: IWP Flickr Photo)
Toilet use in Uttarakhand: A mountainous issue
A study from remote villages in rural Uttarakhand finds that toilet use is influenced by geography, accessibility, availability of infrastructure and occupation of villagers. Aarti Kelkar Khambete posted 4 years ago
Tanks and canals form the water supply system in a remote Uttarakhand village. (Image source: Chicu Lokgariwar)
Drinking water: Access does not mean safety
A study from rural Maharashtra finds piped water supply does not guarantee safe drinking water. Water treatment, storage and WASH practices influence water quality. Aarti Kelkar Khambete posted 4 years ago
Better drinking water access does not always mean that the water is safe to drink. (Image source: India Water Portal)
Bee in safe hands
Amit Godse is on a quest to save bees by relocating them and motivating people to keep bees for honey in their gardens. Aarti Kelkar Khambete posted 4 years ago
Amit with a bee box installed in a garden at a house in Pune. (Image source: Amit Godse)
Romancing the Ganga
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? Aarti Kelkar Khambete posted 4 years 1 month ago
The Ganga (Image source: Anthony Acciavatti)
Threatened by urbanisation, doomed by restoration
It is not just mindless urbanisation, but flawed restoration efforts by authorities too are responsible for the gradual deterioration of Pashan lake in Pune. Aarti Kelkar Khambete posted 4 years 1 month ago
Pashan lake cries for help. (Image Source: Dharmaraj Patil)
Tackling encephalitis: The sanitation connect
Recent encephalitis deaths in Gorakhpur put the spotlight back on the disease and the importance of better sanitation as a preventive measure. Aarti Kelkar Khambete posted 4 years 2 months ago
Sanitation plays an important part in preventing encephalitis. (Image Source: Wikimedia Commons)
What do rural women say about sanitation?
Women, who need safe sanitation the most, are often left out of crucial sanitation-related decisions at households, a study says. Aarti Kelkar Khambete posted 4 years 3 months ago
Women and their unvoiced sanitation needs. (Women in Deogarh morning, Orissa, India. Source: Simon Williams / Ekta Parishad)
What ails Indian farmers
A study finds faulty agricultural policies and practices and not just indebtedness to blame for rising suicides among farmers. Aarti Kelkar Khambete posted 4 years 4 months ago
Loans are not the only reason for farmers' distress. (Source: India Water Portal)
What we should know about National Water Commission
Mihir Shah Committee report suggests restructuring CWC and CGWB and setting up an apex body for water management. Experts, while welcoming the idea, raise some concerns. Aarti Kelkar Khambete posted 4 years 4 months ago
Restructuring water governance. (Source: India Water Portal)
Ken-Betwa river link approved
Policy matters this week Aarti Kelkar Khambete posted 4 years 5 months ago
Ken-Betwa river link shown on a map. (Source: Shannon via Wikipedia)
Nainital lake drying up, human activities to blame
News this week Aarti Kelkar Khambete posted 4 years 5 months ago
A view of the Nainital lake. (Source: Wikimedia Commons)
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