Singapore to help Delhi draw potable water from sewage

Source: Timesofindia Usage of treated sewage water for drinking purpose is set to become a reality in the city. Delhi Jal Board and Singapore Cooperation Enterprise are to sign an agreement on Wednesday for treatment and recycling of waste water at the Coronation Pillar sewage treatment plant to potable levels. Singapore will not only assist with the technology that is already in use in the small island state but Singapore-based Temasek Foundation will also be funding 70% of the total project cost. According to DJB officials, a water reclamation plant of 40 million gallons per day capacity will be set up at the Coronation Pillar plant. The project will operate on a public-private partnership with Temasek providing 4, 63,149 Singapore dollar. “The Singapore government will help DJB prepare an initial feasibility report, a detailed project report and fine tune other issues. The tender for the project will be issued not before the beginning of 2014 but we are hoping that it will be completed in the next four years,” said …

Uttar Pradesh: The soil’s thirst quenched

Source: The Hindu Micro water harvesting projects have turned around rural life in the water-starved Bundelkhand region The Patha area in Uttar Pradesh’s Chitrakoot district was for long regarded as one of the most water-scarce areas from where stories of thirsty people and animals searching for water in scorching summer have been told time and again. Large tracts of cultivated land remained barren due to lack of water and moisture. A prolonged drought-like situation in recent years had further worsened the situation. It was against this backdrop that a voluntary organisation — Akhil Bhartiya Samaj Seva Sansthaan’s (ABSSS) — promising effort to conserve and harvest rainwater has brought hope to three panchayats and water-shed areas of Manikpur block. These three small projects together has shown the usefulness of small-scale water harvesting projects when implemented and managed properly. The three projects taken up in Mangavaan, Ittwa and Tikariya panchayats in the Bundelkhand region were supported by Dorabji Tata Trust, NABARD and the District Rural Development Agency. The projects (two of which are …

Water bodies in Vellore to be desilted

Source: Express Buzz VELLORE: The district administration has taken a major initiative to rejuvenate the traditional water bodies and their inlet channels from the catchment areas at a cost of Rs 1.82 crore under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) Scheme. Besides this, the authorities also proposed to remove the blockades in channels that connected these water bodies with the Palar River for a stretch of about 20 kms from Pallikonda to Vellore before the onset of the southwest monsoon in July. Continue Reading..

The great water robbery

Source: Times of India Packaged drinking water and water tankers may appear as the panacea to Hyderabad’s water woes, but this flourishing industry has sucked water out of the city’s natural resources lakes and ground water. On average, the city guzzles 50 lakh litres of mineral water a day and buys another 50 million litres from private tanker operators . And despite a ban on digging bore-wells for commercial purpose, water is being brazenly pumped out from the banks of lakes in the city outskirts, filled into innumerable 5000-litre tankers that then trudge into residential bylanes, filling the dried bore-wells of multi-storied apartments . Continue Reading..

Excessive Water Use ‘Threatening Business in Major Economies’

Source: Environmental Leader Unsustainable water use is threatening agriculture, other business and populations in China, India and the US, according to a study by risk analysis company Maplecroft. The Water Stress Index calculates the water stress of over 168 countries by evaluating renewable supplies of water from precipitation, streams and rivers against domestic, industrial and agricultural use. The arid Middle East and North Africa region is the most at-risk region in the index, with Bahrain, Qatar, Kuwait, Libya, Djibouti, UAE, Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Oman and Egypt categorized as the 10 most water-stressed countries, listed in order of risk. Continue Reading..

The world is running out of water — now what?

Source: GreenBiz Last weekend, Jessica Yu’s new water documentary “Last Call at the Oasis” took us on tour of the impacts water scarcity is creating around the globe, from the parched pastures of Australia’s farmlands to the sewage-polluted banks of the Jordan River. This film shines a much-needed light on the various water challenges we all now face at a critical time. The numbers alone are eye-opening. If current water usage trends continue, by 2025, two-thirds of the world’s population — or 5.3 billion people — will be vulnerable to water shortages. What many here in the U.S. may not know is that we are far from immune to water stress. One need look no further than Texas, where a record-breaking drought last year created massive water shortages that significantly impacted the state’s water supplies, agriculture and industry. Continue Reading..

‘Scrap 24 dams, save Ganga’

Source: Down To Earth Wildlife Institute of India report warns against ecological impact of dams in Uttarakhand A REPORT commissioned by the Union environment and forests ministry warns the Centre against going ahead with 24 hydropower projects planned on the Alaknanda and Bhagirathi river systems in Uttarakhand. The projects would destroy 22 per cent of the state’s forestland and affect the unique Himalayan ecology along one-third of lengths of the two main tributaries of the Ganga, states the report prepared by the Wildlife Institute of India (WII), Dehradun. The ministry, in 2010, had asked WII to assess cumulative impact of hydropower projects on the biodiversity of the Himalayan state. WII studied 70 projects, both under construction and proposed, and found that 24 of the 39 proposed projects would significantly affect critically important habitats in the Alaknanda and Bhagirathi basins. The region supports a large number of rare, endemic and threatened (RET) species. Of over 1,000 plant species found in the river basins, 55 come under RET category; of 85 animal …

The water agenda

A prolonged dry spell in peninsular India has led to a dip in water levels in major rivers such as Krishna and Cauvery. Things could worsen if the South-West monsoon fails in these parts — a possibility not to be ruled out, despite the Met Department forecasting a “normal’ monsoon for the entire country over the four-month season from June. That raises possibilities of renewed disputes over water-sharing among States. The rumblings have already begun. The Shiv Sena supremo, Bal Thackeray, recently made some caustic remarks over releasing water to Karnataka. The latter’s plans to build a dam on the Cauvery has, in turn, infuriated Tamil Nadu Chief Minister, J Jayalalithaa, who has accused Karnataka of not making available adequate water for its kuruvai (summer) paddy crop. What is obvious is that decades of acrimony and tribunal rulings have yielded no clear-cut approach to sharing water in times of shortage. In monsoon-deficient years, even the most equitable water-sharing arrangements cannot deliver enough water to meet the needs of agriculture and the ever-rising …

New Water Calculator Helps Identify Ways to Reduce Impact on Local Water Resources

Source: Tree Hugger It’s not enough to look at just the amount of water available in a given area when assessing local water resources, according to Growing Blue. Water managers and urban planners also need to take into consideration the impact of human activities on those resources, and thanks to a new web tool, a more accurate water footprint can be calculated. The Water Impact Index (WIIX) Calculator, designed by Veolia Water, expands upon the current generation of volume-based water calculators by also figuring in water quality and stress factors on water resources, which should give a much clearer picture of human impact on local water resources. “The WIIX Calculator will be helpful to anyone wanting to make a water or wastewater process or system more sustainable and efficient. This applies to both municipalities and industry. Using the calculator, decision makers can better assess the impact on local water resources and take steps to minimize that impact while potentially saving money.” – Ed Pinero, chief sustainability officer of Veolia Water North America …

Grand distraction called river interlinking

Source: Down to Earth Last fortnight, the Supreme Court issued a diktat to the government to implement the scheme to interlink rivers. The directions are straightforward. The government shall set up a high level committee of ministers and other representatives on interlinking of rivers; the committee shall meet “at least, once in two months”; in the absence of any member the meeting shall not be adjourned; the committee shall submit a biannual report on actions to the Union Cabinet, “which shall take final and appropriate decisions in the interest of the country as expeditiously as possible and preferably within 30 days from the matter being placed before it for consideration.” Without getting into the obvious matter of judicial overreach, let us take a careful look at what interlinking is all about and what the decision will imply. The fact is that transfer of water from one river basin to another is not, per se, either a novel or an untested idea. Every irrigation project involves such transfer at some scale. …

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