agricultural water management

Misaligned cropping patterns Vs water resources

Sustainable development and preservation of India’s natural resources necessitate that attention is paid to water usage in agriculture sector. This is especially important in light of the fact that over 78 per cent of freshwater reserves are diverted towards agriculture and agricultural productivity in India is often susceptible to frequency and intensity of rainfalls and […]

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water and sanitation issues in odisha

Odisha’s community owned water and sanitation works

Safe drinking water and sanitation are among the most important determinants of community health and wellbeing. In Odisha, access to both is extremely difficult. The majority of population (85 per cent) lives in rural areas, where sanitation coverage is merely 14.1 per cent and only 5.8 per cent households have access to piped water (Roy, […]

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Bangalore water supply

Water and a City: Institutions, community and citizens at work in Bengaluru

The Context The city of Bengaluru sits on a high ridgeline, 900 m above the sea level. With a population of around 11 million in 2017, the city is facing challenges in meeting its current and future water needs (Times of India, 2018). For now, the main water source is Cauvery, located at a distance […]

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Hydrogeology in Strategic Water Conservation

Hydrogeology in Strategic Water Conservation

Groundwater resources are the lifeline of India’s water supply, in rural-agrarian situations and in the growing urban-industrial context. Nearly 90 per cent of rural domestic water use is based on groundwater, 70 per cent of water used in agriculture is pumped from aquifers and increasing evidence points to the fact that 50 per cent of […]

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Water Conservation

Water conservation and community responsiveness

As in many parts of the world, the South Asian civilisation flourished along the banks of major rivers.  Where rivers were not readily available, water became a unitary force that inspired people to build hundreds and thousands of reservoirs, big and small, to eke every drop possible. Back then, communities functioned as an institution with […]

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Groundwater Management

Managing waters in India’s varied ecological zones

It is IRONIC that the Himalaya, often alluded to as the ‘water tower of Asia’—the source of mighty rivers that support millions, now face stress especially during summers. The rapidly reducing flow in surface drainage and the disappearance of springs are signs of looming disaster. Changes in micro-climate, anthropogenic pressures, infrastructure development, increase in the […]

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Water Conservation and Management

Free Online Courses On Water Conservation and Management

Free online courses have helped disseminate specialised knowledge and enabled learners gain access to information at a scale previously unheard of. We present to you a few courses in the area of Water Conservation and Management to help you gain new avenues to learning. Introduction to Water and Climate Presented by:  Delft University of Technology […]

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River Morphology Change

The Study of River Morphology

River morphology is a scientific field that concerns with changes in river forms in plan and cross-sections that result because of erosion and sedimentation processes. The principal elements are the dynamics of sediment transport and river flow. Studies on the river morphology provide important information required for the management of water resources, constructions along the […]

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Environmental flow & Sustainability

The Concept of Environmental Flow and Sustainability

Minimum ecological flow is based on the principle that a certain amount of minimum flow must be present in a flowing freshwater ecosystem such as a river or an estuary so that the ecological quality of the flowing freshwater ecosystem is maintained. The term minimum ecological flow is also used sometimes, in association with the […]

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