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Vol no. 18 Issue No. 111

Inside this issue


Necessitating India’s Water Use Efficiency

By: Staff Reporter

The first step in fixing a water budget in India is to have a system to monitor, regulate and curb wasteful uses of water. The proposed National Bureau of Water Use Efficiency as a body to enforce certification systems for water use efficiency can be seen as a welcome step in this direction.

Harnessing Rainwater for a resilient future

By: Staff Reporter

Rainwater harvesting is a scientific and controlled collection of rain for future use – identified as the most effective way to recharge groundwater. Despite its potential rainwater harvesting systems are still not thoroughly implemented in Indian cities.


Monsoons in India

By: Staff Reporter

Monsoons in India is characterised by spatial and temporal variability. The moisture laden southwest winds, begin their annual sojourn from the coastal state of Kerala, gradually dispersing over the rest of the sub-continent.

Agrarian Crisis in India: Struggling with policy fallow

By: R S Deshpande and Shivkumar Nayka

The Indian agriculture sector is at a critical juncture, with productivity stagnating and technological inputs being negligible. Policy failures in most critical sectors of agriculture has caused severe distress to farmers.


Greywater Management in India

By: Staff Reporter

Greywater reuse, especially for households, presents a viable option for curtailing unnecessary waste of freshwater. In a backdrop of severe water shortage, adoption of alternative uses of water for daily activities is imperative.

India Outdoors

Rangamatir Shantiniketan

By: Sulagna Chattopadhyay

Tagore’s Shantiniketan mingles provinciality with a world view, so finely entwined that art becomes a language.

In brief

Editor's Note

Low access to potable water, dwindling levels of groundwater, insignificant harvesting of rainwater, paltry recycling of sewage water– not to mention the poor quality of treated water, India’s populace tethers on a fragile future. Why have we made so little headway in managing water—is it a la

Term Power

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An aqueduct, usually a long bridge with multiple arches, is a structure for carrying water. In the past, aqueducts were constructed to irrigate crops.

Wetlands are areas where water covers the soil or is present either at or near the surface of the soil for varying periods of time during the year.

Water stress occurs when the demand for water exceeds the available amount during a certain period of time, or when poor quality restricts its use.

The treatment process of drinking water through which suspended particles stick together chemically, rendering them easy to remove is known as coagulation. The process involves the addition of a chemical and then a rapid mixing to dissolve the chemical and distribute it evenly throughout the water.

Eutrophication is the natural process through which lakes and ponds become enriched with dissolved nutrients resulting in increased growth of algae and other microscopic plants causing a depletion of fish species and deterioration of water quality.

Freshwater is naturally occurring water, excluding seawater and brackish water. Freshwater resources include ice caps, glaciers, bogs, ponds, rivers and ground-water. Much of freshwater available on the planet is unsuitable for drinking without a treatment process.

Brackish water is water with salt content higher than freshwater, but lesser than seawater.

Water footprint is the amount of water used to produce each of the goods and services used by an individual or a group. It can help measure the water usage for a single process, such as growing rice or stitching a pair of trousers.