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Drinking Water

Bad water for Srinagar's upmarket areas

Issue Date: Sep 30, 2006
all summer, tankers supply water to upmarket Srinagar, but they don't meet safety norms. They are filled at Iqbal Park filling station with the help of pressure filters, which don't meet norms set by the Central Public Health and Environmental Engineering Organisation and the Union ministry of urban development.

Almora's dying waterbodies

Issue Date: Jun 15, 2006
Almora in Uttranchal is facing an acute water crisis, which has been exacerbated by rapid, unplanned urban growth and the mismanagement of vital natural resources that has led to the drying up of natural sources of water. This summer, the Kosi river, one of the major sources of drinking water, may dry up, causing a crisis.

Lower arsenic standards for rural people in the US

Issue Date: Jun 15, 2006
a proposal by the United States Environment Protection Agency (usepa) to lower standards pertaining to chemical contaminant limits in drinking water in rural parts of the country is facing stiff opposition.

It's political

Issue Date: Apr 30, 2006
It isn't everyday that a villages turns down a state government offer to provide drinking water. Kameana, a village in Faridkot district of Punjab, has done exactly that. The government has tried for long to build waterworks to cater to Kameana, but the villagers have resisted. And the project's fate is uncertain.

Drug abuse

Issue Date: Jan 31, 2006
there are no water wars at the tubewells of Toansa village. In fact, they wear a deserted look -- the bustle that usually surrounds the main water sources of a village is conspicuously absent. And no, if you think that's because there is an abundance of water, you've got it wrong. It's because industrial pollutants have made the water unfit for consumption over the past 20 years.

Drinking problem

Issue Date: Jan 31, 2006
The underground water supplies of almost 90 per cent of Chinese cities have been polluted by rapid economic growth, according to the State Environmental Protection Administration of China. Underground water is the source of drinking water for nearly 70 per cent of the Chinese population, and 40 per cent of the country's irrigation water.

In short

Issue Date: Sep 30, 2005
seawater remedy: Hyderabad-based IVRCL Infrastructures and Projects Ltd, a company that specialises in water treatment systems, has bagged a Rs 900 crore seawater desalination project to end Chennai's water crisis and supply drinking water to the city. IVRCL will construct a seawater desalination plant on design, build, own, operate and transfer basis.

Shun simplification

Issue Date: Sep 15, 2005
Providing reliable access to safe drinking water in Adivasi dominated villages in the least developed states of India raises a range of questions. Whose responsibility, obligation and duty is it? These questions are intrinsically linked to drinking water management and contingent to the complexity of our societal commitments. Experience has taught there are no absolute answers.

Poor performance

Issue Date: Aug 31, 2005
efforts to remove arsenic from drinking water in West Bengal are failing, as per a study by Dipankar Chakraborti, head of the School of Environmental Studies, Jadavpur University, Kolkata. Chakraborti's team monitored 18 arsenic-removal plants in West Bengal over a two-year period.
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