Recharging springs in the Himalayas holds a lot of promise for people who previously depended on glacier runoff and mountain springs.
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India’s Golden Desert receives nine inches of water each year. The underground water is 300 feet down and most of it is saline. It is a barren desert, yet ancient structures used for harvesting rain and storing it dot the landscape.
On Sunday, people in the Indian state of Gujarat joined together in a pledge to conserve water.
Entrepreneurs in India have come up with a way to provide clean drinking water in rural or underserved communities. Sarvajal is setting up locally-run water purification system franchises.
Last week, India’s highest court ruled that toilets and drinking water must be available in every school in India, both public and private.
India released the third draft of its National Water Policy after the first two attempts in January and May met with protests from the states. The latest draft is meant as an umbrella statement focusing on the need for “…a broad overarching national legal framework of general principles on water to lead the way for essential legislation on water governance in every state,” according to the water resources ministry.
A report from Tourism Concern shows a disproportionate use of water by tourists in the developing world. The difference between daily water use by locals and that by tourists can be as much as 3100 liters (about 820 gallons) per person.
Last week, New Delhi and other major cities faced water shortages when they were denied water by a neighboring state. New Delhi purchases water from nearby states, but Haryana cut off the water supply on Friday.
Global warming continues to make the flood situation in coastal cities particularly precarious. As sea levels rise, the need for urban adaptation is becoming more and more urgent. This is especially apparent in cities like Mumbai which gets flooded during its monsoon season, each year.
The BBC has reported that twenty million residents of Mumbai, India’s largest city, are facing an acute water shortage, that is perhaps the worst since 1966 when the city’s municipal authorities had an evacuation plan in place for affected people.
The Himalaya region of the world is undergoing rapid change from global warming.Â For example, glaciers in the Tibetan Plateau are melting at a â€œworrisome speed,â€ according to Xinhua news agency.Â Â Over the past 40 years, Tibetan glaciers have receded 196 square KM, or 1/4 the size of New York City.Â Despite such loss of […]
The Coca Cola company has invested over $1 billion dollars building a market for its products in India, but the company’s welcome has been less than effervescent, considering the contentious issues raised by the company’s business practices.