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Water Supply

User-friendly water test kit

Issue Date: Oct 31, 2008
A team of international experts is working on a project to develop a low-cost, easy-to-use device for testing water quality. tom kendall talks to stephen gundry of the University of Bristol, the uk, who leads the initiative, Aquatest Project. What's the Aquatest project?

Message in bottle

Issue Date: Oct 15, 2008
California bottlers have to declare water source the California Senate has passed a bill making it mandatory for companies bottling, vending or distributing water to declare their source of water, the location of the source and whether that source is privately or publicly owned. The bill, passed on August 22, aims to protect the public's right to know how its water is being allocated.

For pure water

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

Ask no questions, just pay the water bill

Issue Date: Sep 30, 2008
Consumers have no say in the bad plans made in their name

Liquid debt

Issue Date: Sep 30, 2008
Mangaloreans asked to pay more for less water to help repay loan Flawed policy and politics over water have left Mangaloreans high and dry. The city has been witnessing fights over water pricing, but the people are not convinced these are actually out of concern for them and not for their political outcome. On August 12, various political parties staged a protest against the ruling bjp's decision to reduce, only marginally,

Water business

Issue Date: Sep 15, 2008
the Department of Drinking Water Supply (ddws) on July 20 invited private standalone water purifying companies to showcase latest technologies and equipment. The government wants to install 30,000 water purifying systems in rural schools to provide children with safe drinking water. About 84,000 schools in rural India do not have access to water that is safe to drink.

Muscle power

Author(s): Ranjan Panda
Issue Date: Sep 15, 2008
with the Orissa government going full steam with its industrialization drive, business houses are flexing their muscles--many a time with impunity. In Sambalpur district, farmers have found to their dismay that a unit of Rathi steel has been taking water from the power channel of the Hirakud dam, without the required permits.

In court

Issue Date: Sep 15, 2008
sonar use limit: While a lawsuit challenging the US Navy's use of mid-frequency active sonar is still pending in the US federal court, a district court in San Francisco has limited the use of low-frequency active sonar to certain military training areas of the Pacific Ocean. The court agrees with conservationists, who had long argued that the use of sonar has the potential to harm or even kill whales. The US navy had repeatedly denied it.


Author(s): Nidhi Jamwal
Issue Date: Aug 31, 2008
Studies confirm poor water quality in Mumbai

Muddy Water

Issue Date: Aug 15, 2008
About 1.2 billion people in the world live with inadequate access to safe drinking water. Over 2.6 billion do not have access to sanitation facilities In developing countries 80 per cent of the health
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