Access to Safer Water - Water and Well-Being in India - 18th Dec 2017

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Dug-well survey for scientific water use

Centre for Environment Education is conducting a survey of various dug-wells in and around the city to spread awareness on the right way to utilise these water sources. The survey will cover documentation, mapping and assessment of the existing dug-wells in the city as experts feel many of these have become a pit for dumping garbage over the years. Speaking to Mirror, Amarnath Karan, project-in-charge of Centre for Environment Education, said, “Dugwells use the first aquifer of groundwater and thus they are not very deep. Through this survey not only will we be able to take a note of the existing dug-wells but in future can also document the condition of water level
16th Dec 2017 - Pune Mirror

Tackling the Ganges superbugs

Few people are surprised to hear that Indian waterways, including the holy Ganges River that sweeps across north India and Bangladesh, are a common source of stomach bugs and illnesses. Sanitation is notoriously poor in this country of 1.3 billion people; about half the inhabitants do not even have access to a toilet; and hundreds of children die each day from easily preventable ailments such as diarrhoea. What is less well known is that the waters of the Ganges can also carry so-called ‘superbugs’: bacteria with antibiotic resistance genes to fortify the bugs against any medicines that might be taken to cure disease.
16th Dec 2017 - Geographical

No evidence of China diverting water of Siang: CWC

"CWC has been closely monitoring the water levels of Siang and Brahmaputra but there is no evidence of any diversion of the Yarlung Tsangpo as the water levels on Indian side have not changed," a central government official said. Water samples of Siang river which were sent to CWC laboratory in New Delhi for toxic content have tested negative. "We were worried about possibility of toxic content but with the negative results now, the water is still fit for human consumption after proper filtering," the official said.
15th Dec 2017 - Times of India

Satellite images prove China's malafide intentions of diverting Brahmaputra water into desert

The bad intentions of China have again surfaced and this time with evidence of satellite images too. The latest satellite images shows how China has deflected the claims of India of diverting and polluting water of river Siang in Arunachal Pradesh. Speaking exclusively to India Today, Group Satellite Imagery Expert Colonel Vinayak Bhat (Retd.) confirmed the same, "China has stopped the water of Brahmaputra completely. At a place 60 km away into the territory, that is where they have constructed their dam of almost 200 m wide and the blockage is almost 900 m in length along the river, the entire water force has been channeled under the mountain through two tunnels which are almost 50 m wide and the entire river has been diverted through the mountains and it comes out almost 900 m on the north of that particular point," he said "This means they are trying to do something with the entire river water of Brahmaputra which will affect the entire Indian agriculture tomorrow. Because if they are planning to divert this water which seems to be the case, this is going to harm the amount of water coming into India," added Bhat.
13th Dec 2017 - India Today

India says Chinese construction on river dirtying water

Officials in India's northeast are complaining that Chinese construction activity on the upper reaches of one of the largest rivers that flows into India are likely turning the waters downstream turbid and unfit for human consumption. Over the weekend, Sarbananda Sonowal, the chief minister of India's Assam state, said the Brahmaputra river was contaminated with bacteria and iron, with laboratory tests declaring its waters unfit for human consumption. Sonowal asked that the Indian government take up the matter with Beijing.
12th Dec 2017 - ABC News

Meet India's dam-building grandmother

The trust works with local communities to find parts of the landscape that can capture water, like a reservoir. Instead of building man-made reservoirs from scratch, they use the natural contours of the hilly landscape, building slopes, and shoring up
12th Dec 2017 - BBC News

Meet India's "Water Mother" Who Helped Provide Water to Over 300 villages in Arid Region

Ruia founded India's Aakar Charitable Trust which provides grants to rural areas that are the driest in the South Asian country. India's 71-year-old Amla Ruia is called the “Water Mother” for leading a campaign that helped provide water in over 300 villages in the arid desert region of Rajasthan in western India. Ruia – who uses traditional water harvesting methods – founded the Aakar Charitable Trust which provides grants to the local rural areas, which are the driest in the South Asian country, with the necessary resources to build the check dams. A portion of the contributions come from the local residents, which empowers local farmers to gain partial ownership of the project. So far, the trust has helped open nearly 200 dams
12th Dec 2017 - TeleSUR English

Auto-chlorination to increase water purity

West Godavari District Collector K Bhaskar said that auto-chlorination system would be implemented in 1,700 drinking water schemes in the district within three months for protection of public health on Friday.
16th Dec 2017 - The Hans India

India declared free from Trachoma, a bacterial infection of eye

India has been declared free from infective Trachoma which is a contagious bacterial infection of the eye. The Minister said, this has been possible due to efforts that included provision of antibiotic eye drops, personal hygiene, availability of safe water, improved environmental sanitation and availability of surgical facilities for chronic Trachoma.
9th Dec 2017 - Newsroompost.com

Health ministry declares India free from chronic infective eye disease ‘trachoma’

The Union health minister stated that the Survey results indicate that active trachoma is no longer a public health problem in India. “We have met the goal of trachoma elimination as specified by the WHO under its GET2020 programme. This has been possible due to decades of inter-sectoral interventions and efforts that included provision of antibiotic eye drops, personal hygiene, availability of safe water, improved environmental sanitation, availability of surgical facilities for chronic trachoma, and a general improvement in the socio-economic status in the country,” he said.
12th Dec 2017 - Aurous Healthcare.wordpress.com

India declared free of contagious eye infection trachoma

Nadda said trachoma has been eliminated due to efforts that included provision of antibiotic eye drops, personal hygiene, availability of safe water and improved environmental sanitation etc. Trachoma is common in children till nine years of age.
12th Dec 2017 - Post Online Media

A "momentous achievement": India now free of infective trachoma, says Nadda

Announcing the successful elimination of Infective Trachoma from India among the senior Health Ministry officials and faculty from Opthalmology Department of All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Union Health and Family Welfare Minister JP Nadda called it a momentous achievement. On Friday, Nadda declared India free of infective trachoma, which has been a leading cause of infectious blindness among children. The minister said that the survey findings indicate that the active trachoma infection has been eliminated among children in all the survey districts with overall prevalence of only 0.7 percent. "This is much below the elimination criteria of infective trachoma as defined by the WHO. The survey findings indicate that the active trachoma infection has been eliminated among children in all the survey districts with overall prevalence of only 0.7 percent," said Nadda, who also launched the National Trachoma Survey Report (2014-17)
12th Dec 2017 - Zee News

There are alternatives to dams, but we are not talking about them: experts

“India is the third largest dam-building nation in the world after China and the US. We have more than 5,000 large dams. Despite that, India’s annual per capita water storage capacity is 225 cubic metres, which is far less compared to China (1,200 cubic metres),” says T G Sitharam, professor at the Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru. According to Sitharam, the fact that the per capita availability of water per year in India is 879 cubic metres and it is a water-scarce nation does not mean that there is shortage of water but there is lack of storage of water or water management. And dams don’t solve the problem of lack of water storage. On the contrary, the storage capacity of a river is reduced to 75 per cent due to the problem of silting.
12th Dec 2017 - Down To Earth Magazine

Nagaland Land Resources Dept mitigating climate change

The National Water Mission (NWM) – one of the missions under the National Action Plan for Climate Change (NAPCC) which was launched in 2009 as a nation-wide effort to tackle climate change – has pointed to the need for sustainable development along with efficient management of water resources. With studies showing that groundwater levels across India is getting depleted on account of increasing demand for water from a growing population, there is an urgent need for taking measures to minimize the depletion of the groundwater. The Nagaland State Land Resources Department has taken up projects across the state to turn forest and other hitherto unused land into productive and thriving ecosystems. While the Department has data of rainfall of the last one and half year, there is no data to check if the springsheds have helped recharge the ground water. However, locals insist that the springsheds have helped increase the flow of water in the area.
12th Dec 2017 - Morung Express

Two labourers die after drinking water from farm well in Andhra Pradesh's Vizianagaram

Two farmhands died and four others were admitted to hospital after they suddenly fell sick while loading freshly harvested paddy on to bullock carts at Kella village of Gurla mandal in Vizianagaram district on Saturday evening. According to police, the labourers drank water from an open well nearby hours before they fell sick and they suspect that the water might be contaminated with pesticide. However, the exact reasons for the incident is yet to be ascertained, said Gurla sub-inspector Ravi.
3rd Dec 2017 - The New Indian Express