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From a Water Maniac’s Diary

From a Water Maniac’s Diary

A Freedom Pledge on water—a promise to conserve every drop for our present, before we even reach the future.

Chennai Distress: Ready… Steady… Fight for Survival
Silt Route

Silt Route

The managment of silt washed down by the Himalyan rivers are key to mitigating flood risk in vulnerable regions across India

There are different methods to manage silt load. Soil conservation methods like crop rotation, use of organic matter, contour cultivation and restricted land use are some of the recommended methods of silt managment, especially in the catchment areas of rivers.

Nullahs That Were Once Rivers…

Nullahs That Were Once Rivers…

The coastal state of Maharashtra has three major rivers and several lakes, making it one of the few states in India having a vast water bank. However, most of its water bodies, including the Godavari, Krishna and Tapti rivers, are so polluted that they look like nullahs or drains. Heard about the Jayanthi and Gomati nullahs of Kolhapur? Well, according to water conservationist Rajendra Singh, they were once a water source but today we call them nullahs.

A River Soap Opera

A River Soap Opera

Froth belongs inside our washing machines. So, what is it doing there on the surface of our water bodies?

Water molecules prefer their own company, so they tend to stick together in drops. We call it surface tension. To make water wash better, we have to reduce its surface tension. The surfactants, that is, the surface active agents in detergents do the job.

Can We Clean Our Rivers from Our Homes?

Can We Clean Our Rivers from Our Homes?

A few kids were tracking their paper boat in a river. Who was to say they would discover dirty truths.

During heavy rains, they overflow and flood courtyards. These become a breeding ground for mosquitoes. Open defecation near these drains causes the faecal matter to flow into households. The poorly designed toilet pits don't help either, he had explained. Pushpa was jolted when she heard the bell ringing and was swarmed into her class by the excited students.

Finding Neera

Finding Neera

Can we control the ongoing water crisis all by ourselves? It's not about whose responsibility it is, but what we are doing about it.

“When water became a commodity, I lost my freedom. More importantly, it put a financial burden on those who couldn’t afford to buy it. Today, water companies sell drinking water and advertise it being rich in minerals and full of vitamins. Big corporates such as soda companies have been buying rivers for industrial purpose and farmers have no water to irrigate their fields. As the rivers dry up, animals also start wandering and enter villages in search of water, with a threat of getting trapped or killed.

Refilling the River
The Dehydrated Fish
Why talk about River Pollution?

Why talk about River Pollution?

They are known to have cradled civilisations, all over the world. They bathed, fed and helped carry humans. What are we talking about? Rivers, of course! With a twist to their modern profile, though, today they also serve as water suppliers for grand industries…