News:

 

Water supply scheme proving a white elephant for UMC

 Date:   11th March 2002, Newspaper:  The Hitavada

The municipal council has to spend more than what it receives from the present water supply scheme and therefore the scheme, which is a boon for the consumers here, is proving a bane for the council.

Water Supply in west disrupted as main feeder pipeline burst

Date :   27th August 2001, Newspaper: The Hitavada

 Water supply in West Nagpur was disturbed as the main feeder water pipeline to many areas of the locality burst on Saturday evening. The pipeline was damaged during the leveling work of the road along the newly constructed storm water drains as part of the IRDP.

Water politics and trivia explained by college club

 Date  :  6th September 2002, Newspaper:  The Hitavada

“Water available per person per year in India was 3,450 cms in 1951, fell to 1,250 cms in 1999 and is estimated at only 760 cms in 2050.  Globally., renewable fresh water supply has balled by 58 per since 1950 as world population has increased from 2.6 to 6 billion”.  These are just some of the mind-boggling facts that one learns on visiting the ‘EA Festival,’ an exhibition at Wilson College’s Nature Club.  An annual feature, this year’s exhibition focuses on water, and therefore the name, EA , the Mesopotamian god, also the oldest god of water.

 

Officials Urged to Expedite Water Conservation Work

Date: 2nd October 2002, Newspaper: The Hitavada

            Guardian Minister Shivajirao Moghe recently called upon the officials to expedite the water conservation works and accord top most priority to it.  Moghe who also holds water conservation portfolio was speaking at a divisional level meeting to review water conservation works undertaken in Nagpur Revenue division at Ravi Bhavan. Managing Director of Maharashtra Water conservation corporation Pramod mane presided over the meeting. MLAs Vasantrao Itkelwar. Ranjeet Kamble, Dr Avinash Warjukar, Sanjay Deotale,Gopal Agrawal and others were prominently present.

Officials gear up to tackle water crisis

 Date : 6th April 2002, Newspaper : The Hitavada

 Contrary to the alleged apathy shown by tehsil office in the past towards summer water scarcity problem, the administration has taken cognizance of the probable water shortage that might be witnessed in near future in 51 villages and 14 hamlets.

Officials directed to ensure smooth supply of water within three days

Date :  4th April 2002, Newspaper :  The Hitavada

Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) in its first meeting held on Wednesday warned of strict action against water supply department officials if they fail to redress the public grievances within three days

 

NEERI’S Technology to Provide safe water for mine workers

Date : 13th April  2001, Newspaper : The Hitavada, Correspondence: Staff Reporter

The Electrolytic Defluoridation Plant for removal of excessive fluoride from drinking water, based on technology developed by NEERI is constructed at Dongargaon Fluorite Mine of Maharashtra State Mining Corporation (MSMC).The plant is to be inaugurated by Nanak Ramteke, IAS, Managing Director, Maharashtra State Mining Corporation Ltd. (MSMC).

NEERI to study river pollutions

Nag-PILLI  RIVER : To initiate project study on bio-logical, chemical and economic factors along with other institutions

Date:  25th  September 2002, Newspaper: The Hitavada,  

The National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (NEERI) will soon be initiating a project on study of the Nag-Pilli river  to identify the physical, bio-logical, chemical, social, cultural, and economic factors responsible for pollution of the river.  NEERI would also suggest measures to correct these on a long term basis.

 

Monsoon and its implications on market

Date :  1st August 2002, Newspaper : The Hitavada Corresponds :   Raghuvir Srinivasan

 The jury is still out on the monsoon this year but available indications point to a high probability of its failure.  The possibility already has the stock market and corporate sector worried and not without reason.  Given the strong links between agriculture and industry and the fact that India’s is a predominantly agrarian economy, the worries over the monsoon are natural.

Manikgarh Cement’s plea against hike in water charges admitted

Date:  18th April 2002, Newspapre : The Hitavada  

Justice J.N. Patel and Justice P.S.Brahme, at the High Court here, have admitted the writ petition filed by Century Textiles and Industries Ltd., Mumbai, its cement manufacturing unit – Manikgarh Cement at Gadchandur in Chandrapur district and one of its shareholders – Jaisingh Punia, against alteration of previous water rates retrospectively ‘without any justification of cause’, for early final hearing.

Low-tech water purification technique on the anvil

 Date: 3 April 2001, Newspaper : The Hitavada, New Delhi, Apr 2 (PTI)

A team of geoscientists has developed a new, low-tech water purification mechanism, which requires no more sophisticated equipment than a few rocks and a bucket. The technique has been developed in response to the problem of contaminated water being faced by inhabitants of Zimapan, a mining district 200 kms north of Mexico City.

Drought plays spoilsport as industry is upbeat

Date :  21st December 2002, The Hitavada

Industry is looking forward to a double-digit growth in terms of sales and profits in the current financial year, but with the delay in monsoons and the declaration of drought in many states, growth of the overall economy is likely to end up between five-5.4 per cent in 2002-03.

CM favours separate body on water levy

Date: 2th April 2002, Newspaper :  The Hitavada

Maharashtra Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh on Monday Favored setting up of a separate authority on the lines of Electricity Regulatory Commission to decide about levying of water charges on users.

Drinking water situation under control: Sahariya

Date : 25th April 2002, Newspaper :  The Hitavada

 Drinking water situation in the division is totally under control and administration is taking every step to ensure that people get regular water supply throughout summer, said Divisional Commissioner J S Sahariya.

Drinking Water Shortage Is Likely, Says Nilangekar  

Date:  26th February 2003 ,  Times of India

 Mumbai: the drinking water shortage in Maharashtra threatens to be worse than during the drought of 1972, revenue minister Shivajirao Patil Nilangekar said on Friday.

“Water levels in dams have gone down,” he told journalists. “The groundwater table has also gone down to a seriously low level. Unless we take immediate steps, drinking water supply will be a serious problem.” He said that the seriousness of the problem could be gauged from the fact that even district headquarters like Latur are provided water only once a week.

Default drinking water

 Date: 15th  February 2003, Magazine: Down to Earth

‘Corporate Responsibility’ has died a fancy death at the altar of public relations.  A recent chemical analysis of branded packaged drinking water (commonly called bottled water) conducted by the Pollution Monitoring laboratory of Delhi-based Centre for Science and Environment has brought out a horror story.  All the major brands contain high doses of pesticide residue.  Lindane, Malathion, Chlorpyrifos, DDT, you name it: bottled water is a kind of pre-mixed chemical cocktail.  Bad news.

Curbs on bathing

 Date : 15th  February 2003, Magazine : Down to Earth

Bathing daily is now a punishable offence in three-gram panchayats of Andhra Pradesh.  The village bodies in Mellacheruvu mandal of Nalgonda district have ruled that villagers will bathe once in four days and wash clothes once every 10 days to save water.  Those who defy the diktat will be fined up to Rs.500.

 

Crores go Down the Drain in Ponds  

Date: 27th December 2002, The Hitavada, Correspondence: Jaideep Hardikar

 IT’S Been built under the drought-relief programme. It was meant to tide over the water crisis. In local parlance, people call it a ‘Maha Bandh,’ which means  a big pond built artificially. Ironically, almost every Maha-Bandh sans water

Coordinate Properly to face Water Scarcity: Gawande

The President of Nagpur Zilla Parishad (ZP), Sunita Gawande urged all the members of ZP, panchayats Samiti (PS), Sarpanch and officials to coordinate properly to face the water scarcity.

Cooling tower water treatment market growing

 Date :  January - February 2002, Everything About WATER 

A recently published report predicts that worldwide industrial cooling tower sales will exceed $3.6 billion in 2006, which means an accompanying growth in the cooling water treatment market. Global Water Technologies Inc.  (GWT), a cooling water treatment company that provides process cooling water to power plants, process industries and municipalities said that the study has come from the Mcllvaine Co. of Northbrook in United States. 

 

Conserve water urges Mujawar

 Date: 6th October 2001,  The Hitavada

The District Agriculture Department jointly celebrated water conservation week, here recently District Collector Mr. Munnit Mujawar was the chief guest of the function while Sunil Patil presided over.  Addressing the inaugural function, Mujawar stressed on the necessity of people’s participation in the water conservation programme for its success.

Centre to link Major Rivers by 2016

 Date: 18th December 2002, The Hitavada

            Scaling down earlier estimates by nearly 30 years, the Union Government has informed the Supreme Court that it is planning to link all major rivers in the country by the year 2016 and has constituted a task force headed by former Power Minister Suresh Prabhu.

Centre Allocates 1066 Cr To Drought Hit States

Date: 11th March 2003, The Hitavada

Centre has so far allocated about Rs 1066 crore from the National Calamity Contingency Fund to drought-affected states and allocated over 40.5 lakh metric tonnes of foodgrains for relief employment. Lok Sabha was informed Monday.

Centre’s new water policy implementation may prove disastrous, cautions Rana

 Date : 26th Sep. 2001, The Hitavada

The new water policy drafted by Central government in 1998 will prove disastrous for the people of India, if it is implemented, stressed Magsaysay award winner Rajendra Singh Rana while addressing a press conference on Monday.

Bottled Water May Become Costlier

 Date:14th February 2003, Times of India 

 New Delhi: The adoption of European Union (EU) norms for packaged drinking water may be used as an excuse to raise its prices. A bottled water industry observer noted that firms would incur huge expenses while meeting the new Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) standards for safe pesticide levels.

Bottled Drinking Water Standards to be Revised on EU Lines Soon

Date: 10th February 2003, The Hitavada 

Amidst the controversy over alleged presence of pesticides in bottled water, the consumer affairs Ministry has initiated revision of quality standards by writing to the Ministry of Health and Family welfare (MHFW) for modification of the concerned notifications.

‘Bank Guarantees must for Water Conservation Projects’

 Date: 8th February 2003,The Hitavada 

Bank guarantees have been made mandatory for bagging the water conservation projects in future in the state. This was disclosed by Khushal Bopche, Chairman of the Maharashtra state water conservation advisory council.

Assisting Regulation of Water Quality

Date: February 2003, CORDIS

The European Commission has set standards concerning allowable levels of certain pesticides in drinking water.  In order to effectively enforce these standards it is necessary to make Certified Reference Materials (CRMs) available to national regulatory agencies.

 

Artificial Recharge and Rainwater Harvesting

Date: January - February 2002

Rain water harvesting plays a major role in augmenting the groundwater aquifers, which would cater to the needs of the future generations  - by Kapil Gupta

One of the growing for the scientists and engineers worldwide, engaged in the development and management of groundwater resources, is to manage efficiently this depleting resource.  The key to successful groundwater recharge and discharge processes. 

Apex Court Stays HC Order on Jeevan Pradhikaran Water Supply Schemes – Besides giving respite toMCs, SC directs to maintain status quo till next date of hearing

 Date: 22nd August 2002, The Hitavada 

            In a major respite to various Municipal Councils of Vidarbha who were reluctant to take over the water supply schemes of Maharashtra Jeevan Pradhikaran (MJP), the Supreme Court of India has stayed the order of the High Court directing the Municipal Council to take over water schemes from the MJP.

Agni Solar Launches Water Heaters

 Date: 8th January 2003, The Hitavada 

               Agni Solar systems private limited, one of the country’s leading solar equipment manufacturers, has launched a new mini solar water heater and min solar emergency lamp in the city. Announcing the launch at a press conference. Director of the company. Ravi Pittie said that it was for the first time in the country that special mini models are being launched, targeted at small and medium households.

Additional Water Bill Counters Demanded

 Date: 7th August 2002, The Hitavada  

               Bharatiya Janata Party corporators from ward No. 28 have threatened to launch agitation if the civic administration failed in immediately opening additional counters for receiving water bills at the Laxminagar Zonal office.

A grand water helpline

 Date: 15th April 2003, Down to Earth 

The timing, and background, of the recently concluded 3rd World Water Forum in Japan ensured that water be seen through the lens of conflict.  Most debates centred around ‘privatisation of water’ and large infrastructural developments in water management.  Not unnaturally, the effect of large scale intervention in a river basin became an agenda.

7 Water Cos Lose ISI Mark

Date:15th March 2003, The Hitavada

New Delhi: in a Swoop on errant bottled drinking water manufacturers, government has cancelled the ISI quality mark license of seven plant including three producing the popular Bisleri brand.

300 fishermen lose lives after venturing into Lankan waters  

Date :  11th March 2003, The Hitavada 

In a tragic irony of sorts, Tamil fishermen belonging to Sri Lanka have in the past one-week been repeatedly attacking their Indian counterparts, even as pan-Tamil political outfits remain unconcerned.

Water from Cauvery bed for Mysore

H M ARAVIND TIMES NEWS NETWORK[ THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2003 12:05:21 AM ]

MYSORE : To tide over water scarcity, the Mysore City Corporation on Wednesday switched on the Emergency Pumping Station at Hongahalli and started lifting 12 mgd of water directly from the Cauvery river bed.

Water from Cauvery bed for Mysore

Source : TIMES NEWS NETWORK

water scarcity, the Mysore City Corporation on Wednesday switched on the Emergency Pumping Station at Hongahalli and started lifting 12 mgd of water directly from the Cauvery river bed.   Under the supervision of Vani Vilas Water Works executive engineer Thimmegowda and Srirangapatna DySP B.V. Ramachandrappa, lifting of water began after Mescom provided electricity to the Emergenc..

 

Water Board ready to meet crisis

TIMES NEWS NETWORK[ FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2003 02:06:53 AM ]

HYDERABAD: People were asked not to panic as the the Hyderabad Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board (HMWS&SB) is prepared to meet the water demand that may arise in parts of the city

Probe panel on bottled water to submit report soon

February 24, 2003 16:00 IST

Amid raging controversy over quality of bottled water, the government on Monday said the high-level inquiry panel probing alleged presence of deadly pesticides in branded packaged water would soon submit its findings.

"I am yet to receive the report from the four-member inquiry committee but I am scheduled to make a statement in Parliament on Tuesday on the issue relating to quality of bottled water and action being taken by the government," Consumer Affairs Minister Sharad Yadav told reporters

Watch before you drink that water!

BS Corporate Bureau in New Delhi | February 05, 2003 12:13 IST

Is packaged/mineral water safe for drinking?

A study conducted by the Centre for Science and Environment says that most of the brands of packaged/mineral water available in the country contain pesticides -- several of them banned -- significantly higher than permissible limits, which can cause serious physical impairment ranging from damage to the central nervous system to lung cancer.

ISI mark of Bisleri, 7 others withdrawn

February 19, 2003 19:37 IST

The government has withdrawn the ISI quality mark for bottled water produced at Bisleri's Bangalore plant and Pepsico's Bharuch factory in Gujarat in the wake of a storm over reported high concentration of pesticides in bottled water. The drive against bottled drinking water companies through countrywide inspections comes less than a month of startling findings by an independent study showing that a bulk of the mineral water sold in India had very high levels of pesticide residues and it was not in conformity with the European norms.

PepsiCo plans bulk water foray via Aquafina

BS Corporate Bureau in Mumbai | January 17, 2003 16:21 IST

Cola major PepsiCo India Holdings has set its eyes on the bulk water segment and is planning a foray into the sector through Aquafina. Rajeev Bakshi, chairman, PepsiCo India said, "We're readying for the institutional segment. The bulk water sector is growing faster than the retail segment."

Packaged water firms yet to clean process

BS Corporate Bureau in New Delhi | February 13, 2003 12:30 IST

Even after the Bureau of Indian Standards' decision to upgrade the norms for packaged water, large players are showing no signs of improving their production facilities. Packaged water manufacturers like Bisleri, Coca-Cola and Pepsi continue to maintain that their brands meet the highest safety norms.

BIS-certified packaged water safe: Govt

February 13, 2003 21:37 IST

The government said on Thursday that packaged water conforming to the present BIS standards was "absolutely safe" with pesticide content well below acceptable limits but no decision has been taken on whether the standards need to be upgraded to EU levels

Packaged water sales dry up

BS Bureaus | February 06, 2003 13:20 IST

Though companies like Pepsi and Coca-Cola, which sell packaged water brands featured on the CSE list, insisted that there was no impact on sales, grocery stores in several New Delhi markets reported that consumers were returning in large numbers packaged water brands on the list.  Restaurants in the city also reported lower sales of packaged water on Wednesday.

Probe ordered into bottled water issue, report in three weeks

February 05, 2003 16:18 IST

Taking a serious view of the reports on the alleged presence of deadly pesticides in various brands of bottled drinking water, the government on Wednesday ordered a high-level investigation into the matter.The four-member enquiry committee headed by additional secretary in the consumer affairs department, Satwant Kaur Reddy, has been asked to submit its report within three weeks.

Power Sector: Still Waters

In the recent times we have heard a lot about the power sector, ongoing reforms, unbundling SEBs, impending crises in terms of power shortages. Prominent people like Ex Chairman of GE, Jack Welch have gone to the extent saying, "You don’t have a chance to stand in the 21st century without lots of power … Without this you miss the next revolution. I beg the government of India to capitalize on the brilliant people and you have to give them tools.

The Waterloo Biofilter Septic System

To perform the biological treatment of wastewater, the Waterloo Biofilter process utilizes an absorbent synthetic filter medium. The filter medium increases the biological degradation of wastewater due to its high porosity, large available surface area, excellent air flow characteristics, and ease of microbial attachment.

Plant Operations and Maintenance of Small & Medium Wastewater Treatment Plants

Attend the Third Annual Plant Operations and Maintenance Conference, September 16-18, 2001, in Cincinnati, Ohio. This three-day conference will include two preconference workshops given by internationally renowned speakers, including: Wesley Eckenfelder, and Glen Daigger.

Water Recycling Saves Environment

Industrial effluent, a major contributor to river pollution, can be made safer by emphasizing the use of organic elements and a slower but steadier rate of discharge during the manufacturing process, experts said.

A PERMEABLE GROG FOR A LOW COST WATER PURIFIER

To first consideration, earthenware may not seem to be the best media for water purification. What we know about the material is that it has lots of pores but these are only poorly connected. As conventionally processed and fabricated, red firing clays do not have good permeability.

India's Supreme Court Bans Delhi Industrial Water Pollution

On Monday, the high court prohibited the discharge of untreated industrial effluents into the Yamuna in the states of Delhi and Haryana. Industries here are primarily responsible for the toxic condition of the river.

CII lays down norms for Indo-US free trade pact

THE Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), while propagating the idea of an Indo-US Free Trade Agreement, has laid out guidelines for a possible FTA.

Water Price

Water is likely to be one of the biggest industries in future in the country. With the state increasingly failing to earmark adequate funds even to maintain its own water distribution assets, the scope of private sector participation is gradually growing

Disposal of textile wastes in Tirupur - Canadian co to do feasibility study

NEW Tirupur Area Development Corporation (NTADC), the special purpose vehicle (SPV) seeking to implement the Rs. 1,140-crore Tirupur water supply scheme through private initiative, has roped in a Canadian consultancy group, Senes, to have the feasibility report prepared for the creation of a land-fill facility for the disposal of textile sludge generated by effluent treatment plants in the region.

 

Karawal Nagar gets coloured water

Tap water comes in different colours in Karawal Nagar in East Delhi. "Sometimes, it is like cola and sometimes like an orange drink," is how the residents describe the Delhi Jal Board (DJB) supplied aqua pura. However its not the only problem. The residents say the water tastes foul.

Calcutta (Kolkata) Municipal Project Progress in West Bengal, India

The Calcutta Municipal Corporation, with help from the World Bank, has decided to modernize its water supply, sewerage and drainage systems and to run these systems as efficient water and sewerage utilities.

City of Toronto Scott Street Drainage Basin Wastewater Evaluation 1998-2000

With ever increasing demands on aging infrastructure, many municipalities are faced with wastewater system capacity problems. In 1998 the City of Toronto retained Veritec Consulting Inc. to determine if the high flows experienced at Toronto’s downtown Scott St. Sewage Pumping Station were related to high water demands within the pumping station drainage basin or to excessive inflow & infiltration.

Campaign on rainwater harvesting

CHENNAI, JULY 30. The Chennai Metrowater and the Tamil Nadu Water Supply and Drainage Board have come together to launch an awareness campaign on rainwater harvesting.

And quiet flows a dirty river

Officially speaking, 27 clean-up campaigns have been launched to rescue this river from ruin. Add 131 schemes of a sarkari nature to the list and logic says that troubled waters should have nothing to do with ft. But the fact of the matter is that despite attempts to swim against the tide, bringing a semblance of sanity to the contaminated chaos that is the Yamuna has proved to be mission impossible.

Study says Delhi will face severe water crisis in 2011

New Delhi, July 17: At a time when the city is enjoying a healthy bout of monsoon, the water problem seems to have been temporarily forgotten. A report released by the Tata Energy Resource Institute, an NGO given to the study of energy resources and environment, has come as a reminder of Delhi's severe water crisis.

Grand plan to clean up Yamuna

New Delhi, July 16. Relocation of nearly 75,000 III Clusters on river banks, development of green strips of 30 rnetres each on both banks, facility for water sports and handing over total land to the Forest Department for plantation and development and management on the lines with the Ridge area are some of the highlights of the "Yamuna Action Plan" prepared by the Delhi Government.

YAMUNA YET ANOTHER SEWER

Dr Amrit Lal Aggarwal's report on the first city's water situation - New Sources of Water Vital for Delhi's Health –doesn’t have much good news. States the gentleman from Tata Energy Research Institute(Television): "Delhi's major source of water supply - the Yamuna -is also one of the most polluted in India.

Water harvesting structures set up

NEW DELHI: In a bid to ensure community- level water security, over 7,00,000 water harvesting structures have been set tip in 7,300 villages of the State during the last rive months at a cost of Rs 415 crore.

Municipal Water Use: Water Efficiency / Water Conservation Program

An increasing number of Canadian municipalities are considering water conservation as a key part of reducing their infrastructure costs.

Communal Wastewater Treatment Systems

This paper presents an introduction to wastewater treatment technologies for small and medium size residential areas, communities and hamlets. Factors to consider in the selection of treatment system(s) and technologies are described.

Groundbreaking water privatisation deal completed for Municipality of Sofia

PricewaterhouseCoopers, the world's largest professional services firm, has announced that the first major water concession to be tendered on a project finance basis in Central and Eastern Europe reached financial close on 5 October 2000.

Pall Corporation Launches Aria Membrane Microfiltration Drinking Water Systems Designed for Easy Installation and Simple Operation

Pall Corporation (NYSE: PLL) has developed the Aria family of Membrane Microfiltration systems to filter drinking water in municipalities with populations of 10,000 or less. The Aria family of systems is skid-mounted, fully automated and self-contained to facilitate installation.

ADB Loan Will Bring More Water To India's Desert Cities

The severely-strained infrastructure of major cities in India's Rajasthan province will be repaired and improved as a result of a US$250 million loan approved today by the Asian Development Bank.

Heavy rains in Chennai, Pondicherry

Chennai, Oct 6- There is no limit to the joy the rains have brought to the water-starved Chennaiites. Water-starved Chennaiites rejoiced, with the city awash with water.

India - Water Supply and Waste Water Services in Bombay: First, Second and Third Bombay Water Supply and Sewerage Projects

Water Supply and Wastewater Services in Bombay

Water shortage forces cancellation of water meet

Ahmedabad: A crippling shortage of water in Gujarat has ironically forced the cancellation here this month of an international conferences that was to discuss water development and poverty alleviation.

Cyclone creates water crisis in India
 
PARADIP, INDIA — At least 2 million people left homeless when a cyclone swept through the country's east coast faced another emergency last week: disease caused by lack of safe drinking water.

 

Turning a crisis into an opportunity

Blame it on the rain gods or the government. But the drought is for real. Comes summer and the country witnesses a spectre of water crisis as diverse as its culture. A total of eight states have fallen foul of the rain gods so far- Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Orissa, Rajasthan, Chattisgarh, Himachal Pradesh, Maharashtra and Tehri Garhwal districts in Uttaranchal.

No review of financing without participation of dam affected people

The Narmada Bachao Andolan asserts that it is only because of the sustained struggle in the Narmada valley and the systematic analysis offered by the NBA, that the consortium of Indian public financial institutions have recently been compelled to begin a review of the public financing of this private Project.

Major rivers in spate, water levels above danger mark

LUCKNOW: Water levels of the Ghaghra river in Ayodhya and the Gandak at Khadda in Kushinagar district are about 0.03 metre and 0.05 metre above the danger mark respectively.

DEVELOPMENT-INDIA: Women Take Over Water and Sanitation

NEW DELHI, Apr 1 (IPS) - Fed up with bearing the brunt of dwindling water resources and non-existent sanitation, women in some parts of rural India are taking their own initiatives to solve these twin vital issues.

Effects of the Narmada verdict

THE GOVERNMENT wants us to flee like the rats as the submergence water rises, as they have done all these years in the other dams. We are not rats, we are human beings. We will resist the injustice and face the submergence imposed by the Government and the Supreme Court on the Narmada valley.

Strengthening the water bond

It was a gathering of the faces and the voices of the (real) rural India. On March 23-24, 2001 Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) organised a two day conference titled Mere gaon ki kahani, meri jubani, (The story of my village in my words).

Water warriors speak out

While approaching Neemi, the sound of water pumps becomes prominent. The immediate reaction is to consider it as a hallucination but soon the doubt is cleared. The sound of pumps is for real. This village can impress anyone!

Rural Development - Water Harvesting

It means capturing rain where it falls or capturing the run off in your own village or town. And taking measures to keep that water clean by not allowing polluting activities to take place in the catchment.

National Water Harvesters Network (NWHN)

National Water Harvesters' Network (NWHN) is a far-reaching network that addresses water issues through people from diverse background in India and abroad. The members of NWHN are primarily professionals, bureaucrats, grassroots functionaries, interested citizens and all those committed in developing or undertaking water harvesting programme.

Harvesting: urgent need to reap rich rewards

It would be futile to state the obvious— water is the life-blood of the environment; without water no living being can survive; water plays a unique role in the traditional economy and culture of the native peoples.

Catching water where it falls

For years, Dewas district in the Malwa region of Madhya Pradesh, has been facing the grim prospect of desertification following the unregulated use of groundwater in the region. But it seems a people’s movement launched by M Mohan Rao, district magistrate, may yet manage to avert such a fate.

War over water

At least three farmers, who died recently in Falla village 28 kilometres from Jamnagar town, felt this way. They were not alone. With them were almost half a thousand others. The farmers were unhappy because the authorities had taken a decision to tap a water source, in this case the Kankavati Dam, to supply water to Jamnagar town.

Waters of Life

THERE was a time when forests were dense here. Today, travelling by train through district Alwar of Rajasthan, you will not see too many of them. They disappeared under the railway tracks, in the form of sleepers. In the 1930s, under the influence of the British, the then maharaja of Alwar took away community ownership of forests and sold them out to contractors to obtain timber for the railroad.

A water Harvest

IN THE hill-fort of Mandu, Madhya Pradesh, lie the ruins of a 1,400-year-old civilisation ruled by numerous dynasties, including the Mughals. Cocooned in these ruins, at 633.7 metres above sea level, is also a sophisticated and need-based water harvesting system.

Waterworks India

India’s genius in catching rainwater lies in thousands of its invisible rural engineers who are today being edged out by the modern onslaught. In order to understand their pride and their plight, researchers of the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) sought out five of the most outstanding in Leh in Ladakh, Churu and Jaisalmer in Rajasthan, Kasaragod in Kerala and Madurai in Tamil Nadu.

Making water management everybody's business: Water harvesting and rural development in India

Anil Agarwal is director, and Sunita Narain deputy director, of the Delhi-based Centre for Science and Environment. They have been researching and publishing on environment and development issues for over 20 years. In 1997 they edited their fouth State of India's Environment Report entitled Dying Wisdom: Rise, Fall and Potential of India's Traditional Water Harvesting Systems.

The Arsenic Crisis

An environmental health disaster is unfolding in West Bengal and Bangladesh. Tens of millions of persons in many districts are drinking ground water with arsenic concentrations far above acceptable levels.

NCA Officials Admit failure in Rehabilitation Agreed to Hold Public Hearing in the Valley

This was revealed at the office of NCA (Indore), when over 600 men and women from the tribal areas of Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra, and the farmers of Nimad (Madhya Pradesh) confronted them on the 6th of August with questions pertaining to the rehabilitation and other issues.

Maharashtra Satyagrahis Confront Collector On Displacement M.P. POLICE INTIMIDATE VILLAGERS OPPOSING CASH COMPENSATION

While the Satyagraha in the Narmada valley is continuing against the unjust and illegal displacement, the Madhya Pradesh administration has tried on Saturday (July 21) to intimidate the people and the NBA activists at Kasaravad near Badwani who were questioning the government process to disburse the cash compensation in violation of the laws and rules.

MAJOR FLOODS IN NARMADA VALLEY

As the submergence water of the Sardar Sarovar Project (SSP) is expected to rise menacingly by early hours of Tuesday( July 17), due to the large scale releases from the Bargi dam upstream, the villagers and activists camping at the Satyagraha places of Domkhedi and Jalsindhi are determined to face the submergence once again.

Narmada Satyagraha 2001

Another submergence has been imposed on the Narmada valley in the monsoon of 2001. The new phase of the struggle, the Satyagraha - non-violent resistance, will be launched against the dam and inhuman displacement and unjust development here and all over from July 5, 2001 at Jalsindhi (Madhya Pradesh) and Domkhedi (Maharashtra).

Catch water where it falls

In the sandier tracts, the villagers of the Thar Desert had evolved an ingenious system of rainwater harvesting known as kunds or kundis. Kund, the local name given to a covered underground tank, was developed primarily for tackling drinking water problems.

MP village breaks cycle of drought

In just two heavy downpours,[86mm] the drought conditions prevailing for the last two years here have already become history. Scores of ponds, tanks and water-bunding of nullahs and a few village style roof water harvesting efforts have raised the ground water level in five to seven wells and some tube wells. " In the next one or two years, we will once again have plenty of crops," says Arjun Singh Rathore, President - Watershed Committee of the village.

Vichitra Sharma describes the collective action of a village to beat droughts

The villagers of Baloda Lakha in Madhya Pradesh have shown that the water revolution led by Anna Hazare in Ralegaon Siddhi and Rajender Singh in the districts of Alwar can become a full blown movement in the Malwa region of Madhya Pradesh.

Pani Panchayat experiment

Mahur village in Purandhar block of Pune district is like a green oasis in the parched, drought prone district of Maharashtra. Standing on a small hillock, for miles around green fields could be seen.

Water Harvesting - the silent crusaders

Drought in some parts of the country, notably Rajasthan and Gujarat, made big news in the months preceding the monsoon. Media was busy in reporting the gruesome picture of the first drought of the new century. Some even dubbed it the worst ever in the past 100 years.

Agitation Flares Against India's Narmada Dam

BOMBAY, India, March 26, 1999 (ENS) - Angry campaigners in India vowed to revive this country's best-known anti-dam protest to fight against what they see as the uprooting of tens of thousands of people, particularly tribals.

Prize-Winning Indian Author Censored on Narmada Dam

BOMBAY, India, July 30, 1999 (ENS) - An international body working to protect journalists has voiced its "deep concern" over what it termed "the latest efforts to suppress discussion of the environmental and social costs of Sardar Sarovar dam construction.

Thousands Arrested Protesting Maheshwar Dam

BOMBAY, India, January 12, 2000 (ENS) - Anti-dam campaigners protesting against major dam projects in the northern part of India occupied the controversial Maheshwar dam site on Tuesday morning. Thousands were arrested.

People of India Parch, Perish in Severe Drought

NEW DELHI, India, May 3, 2000 (ENS) - Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee has made a poignant appeal to the nation seeking help to mitigate human suffering arising from one of the worst droughts to hit the country. An estimated 50 million people and over 100 million head of livestock are reeling from thirst and hunger.

Excess fluoride in water wreaks havoc in Jharkhand village

Ranchi: Tragedy has struck many a family in the Bakhari village of Jharkhand's Daltanganj district, where excess fluoride in water has left several with severe physical deformities and even paralyzed some.

Orissa suffers from drought

In Orissa, the average rainfall is around 1161 mm. This year however it got just 952 mm, a shortfall of 18 per cent. Parched paddy and fallow fields at the peak of the kharif season mark large parts of Orissa.

Rural Water Supply Project To Bring Clean Water, Sanitation Services To 2,500 Community Groups In India

NEW DELHI, November 8, 2000—The Indian State Government of Kerala will increase access to clean water and sanitation services for poor rural communities through a US$65.5 million World Bank credit for the Kerala Rural Water Supply and Environmental Sanitation Project, which has been approved by the Bank's board

Reforming the Indian Rural Water Supply Sector

The Water and Sanitation Program works with partners in the field to seek innovative solutions to the obstacles faced by poor communities in obtaining sustained access to water supply and sanitation services.

Water Asia 2000 – CSE’s stall on water harvesting

Water Asia 2000: Yet another effort of CSE to sensitise people regarding the potential of water harvesting

India water purification efforts intensify

NEW DELHI, INDIA — After at least 46,500 people have been infected and 61 have died from waterborne disease, the central government yesterday reported progress has been made in the massive task of restoring clean drinking water supplies after an October 29 cyclone.

Rain water harvesting mooted for Rajasthan towns

If all goes well as per a plan mooted by the Rajasthan government, rain water will soon be harvested on the rooftops of every substantial building in the state's towns.

Rural Water Supply Project To Bring Clean Water, Sanitation Services To 2,500 Community Groups in India

A Few Benefits of Water Harvesting

On average, Pima County receives about 12 inches, or one foot, of rain per year. As our community has developed, large areas of land have been changed from native desert vegetation to more impervious surfaces such as houses, driveways, roads and parking lots. When it rains, these impervious land areas shed a greater amount of rainfall, which in turn results in more runoff in area washes and the possibility of local flooding problems.

Right to Clean Water

CSE regrets to announce that the National Conference on Water Pollution - with special emphasis on river pollution, scheduled for Mar 9-11, stands indefinitely postponed due to unavoidable reasons. As some essential work towards the conference has not yet been completed, no new dates have been fixed for this conference.

Further Information about Water Harvesting

Here are a few resources and reference materials we have found useful in getting started with a water harvesting project. A good first stop for additional information is the Tucson-Pima Public Library. Other libraries, various public agencies and Internet World Wide Web sites are also good sources of information.

Harvesting Rainwater on Your Property

Water harvesting is simply collecting rainwater that falls on your property and then putting it to use around your home or yard-- that's all there is to it!

How to harvest rain water

Water harvesting systems can range from the simple to the complex, depending on your needs and budget. Whether you're building a new home on a single lot, designing a major subdivision, or just making a few improvements around your yard, water harvesting can be easily incorporated into your plans.