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Water Conservation

India needs land for water...

Issue Date: Jul 15, 2009
To deal with scarcity, with climate change, with pollution--and to survive it has been an eventful fortnight for those who know India cannot take water for granted. Cyclone Aila's severe destruction in the Sunderbans is sending thousands of refugees into Kolkata. For all its severity, this merely a glimpse of what a rising sea level could do to the delta. India's negotiators at climate talks ought to remind themselves--and the rest of the world--of that.

Water wise

Issue Date: Jul 15, 2009
A self sustained housing society, undaunted by water scarcity Come summer, several posh housing societies along Bengaluru's Sarjapur Road have to wait for private water tankers. Thousands of luxury

The future's Orange

Author(s): Bharat Lal Seth
Issue Date: Jun 30, 2009
Australian city taps drain water, supplies to households On April 23, Orange city in Australia crossed a major milestone. The city, 260 km west of Sydney, became the first in the country to commission a stormwater harvesting system that uses rainwater runoff to augment its drinking water supply.

Rich waste water

Author(s): Bharat Lal Seth
Issue Date: Jun 15, 2009
Adelaide's wealthy don't mind paying fines people living in Adelaide's wealthiest suburbs top the list of those flouting water use restrictions in South Australia (SA). Violators are prepared to risk fines imposed by water conservation officers deployed to check water abuse. The number of violators rose from seven in 2006-07 to 220 in 2008-09.

People do pay for latrines

Issue Date: May 31, 2009
Four decades ago, when Bindeshwar Pathak began his work on changing unsanitary latrine practices, there were sceptics galore. Today, Pathak's organization Sulabh International is a brand name. The recipient of the 2009 Stockholm Water Prize talks to Bharat Lal Seth on his organization's work ethics. Excerpts: On Sulabh's success story

Loo and behold

Author(s): R K Srinivasan
Issue Date: May 31, 2009
Villages near Tiruchirapalli show the city how to manage sewage--and benefit from it

South Asia

Issue Date: Mar 31, 2009
Privatizing power: The Sri Lankan parliament passed the controversial new electricity bill, with amendments, on March 3. The Act will curb the monopoly of the Ceylon Electricity Board (ceb) over generation, transmission and supply of electricity in the country. It was passed by 109 to 40 votes. ceb was incurring huge losses and not able to provide reasonable service.

Crisis creation as a municipal exercise

Issue Date: Feb 15, 2009
Indore and Mysore do not want to face the challenge of urban governance USUALLY it is in the summer that water appears in newspaper headlines. Spring is yet to arrive--although the blooming rhododendrons in Uttarakhand

Repeat and step it up

Issue Date: Jan 15, 2009
Who can tire of 'drought-proofing'?

For pure water

Author(s): Tom Kendall
Issue Date: Sep 30, 2008
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