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Water Conservation

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

It's emergency

Issue Date: Jul 15, 2008
Severe drought in California CALIFORNIA governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has declared emergency in nine Central Valley counties experiencing severe drought.

A Maharashtra village revives by reviving a tank

Issue Date: Jun 30, 2008
In one season, land prices in Dhangharwadi shot up from Rs 6,000-10,000 per acre (0.4 hectare) to Rs 1 lakh per acre. But people in this little village in Maharashtra's Yavatamal district are not thinking of selling their land. For good reason. Seventy hectares (ha) of agricultural land in this village, that barely produced enough grain for three months, has this year yielded profits worth Rs 21 lakh--after supplying Dhangharwadi's granaries with sufficient grain, pulses and onions for a year.

Book review Towards water wisdom Limits, justice, harmony

Author(s): Himanshu Thakkar
Issue Date: Jun 15, 2008
This remarkable book attempts to showcase the essential features of India's--and to an extent the world's--water sector and point the way towards achieving equity and harmony in the use and sharing of our water resources.

From water to water

Issue Date: May 31, 2008
Look out of the window the next time you travel by road or by train anywhere in India. Hit a human settlement, and you will see, heaps of plastic coloured garbage apart, pools of dirty black water and drains that go nowhere. They go nowhere because we have forgotten a basic fact: if there are humans, there will be excreta. Indeed, we have also forgotten another truth about the so-called modern world: if there is water use, there will be waste. Roughly 80 per cent of the water that reaches households flows out as waste.

Victoria agrees to central control over rivers

Issue Date: Apr 30, 2008
The Australian state Victoria has finally agreed to sign the Murray-Darling Basin national water plan. Victoria agreed to the plan in return for a $1 billion (us $0.9 billion) to upgrade its irrigation system and as water security for Victorian farmers.
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