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Let's Be Water-Wise

Let's Be Water-Wise

While there is no escape from washing hands regularly, we can definitely be more mindful of the way we use water and avoid its wastage.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines on hygiene practices, the simple act of hand washing using a soap and water, is one of the most effective tools to protect us from getting infected by the coronavirus. Practices such as washing hands before and after eating or using the toilet, maintaining one-arm distance when around others and...

How a Group of Citizens Revived a British-era Lake in Salem

How a Group of Citizens Revived a British-era Lake in Salem

Salem is one of the largest cities in Tamil Nadu, India. More than 1 million people live here. Piyush Manush is the convener of the Salem Citizen's Forum (SCF). SCF is an informal group, involved in protecting Salem's environment. The lake was built by the British for irrigating nearby farmlands. The lake is spread across 58 acres and used to be a major water body of the city. But gradually it became a dumpsite for Salem's municipal solid waste. In 2010 SCF took over the work of cleaning the lake. But first, they had to get rid of the garbage and then desilt the waterbody.

How a Cooperative Conserved Rainwater To Grow a Forest in a Drought-prone Dharmapuri of Tamil Nadu
Mosquito Menace

Mosquito Menace

Mosquitos are truly dangerous. They spread diseases. 

They are reponsible for outbreaks of malaria, dengue, yellow fever and filariasis.

 

 

November 14, 2091

November 14, 2091

What kind of world will the younger generations inherit? Piu gets a hint.

Chennai Distress
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.

Why Do We Need Tigers?

Why Do We Need Tigers?

What tigers eat and the space they occupy protects the health of their entire ecosystem.

Drain Water Harvesting
No Moon, No Life!

No Moon, No Life!

A one-to-one conversation with the moon helps Piu understand why the celestial object is so important for our planet

Water Conservation vs Carry Water by Train, Which is Better?

Water Conservation vs Carry Water by Train, Which is Better?

Carrying water by trains could be an emergency measure. Chennai has a strong tradition of water harvesting. But the problem is that most of these structures are either defunct or poorly maintained. Chennai which had 19 major lakes covering an area of 1130 hectares. But these waterbodies have been heavily encroached upon reducing their spread to just about 645 hectares. Its time that we understand the importance of water harvesting.

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.