Maps on water
The groundwater maps for six Indian states of Andhra
Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Karnataka, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan have been prepared
by the National Remote Sensing Agency, Hyderabad. The Rajiv Gandhi National Drinking Water
Mission funded this project to locate the drinking water sources and sites. These maps
provide comprehensive information based on the satellite imagery and ground level
Based on geographic information systems, the government of
Karnataka is planning to prepare maps on water quality to assess the availability of safe
drinking water in the state.
HLL enter water dispenser
Hindustan Lever limited (HLL) is planning to tap the purified
water dispensers market by targeting the household sector. While ruling out their entry
into bottled purified water, Dalip Sehgal, executive director of HLL, informed "This
market is estimated around Rs200 crores per annum." He said, "The equipment
would make available purified water at a much lower cost to the domestic consumers as
compared to bottled water."
Water quality ensured
To ensure the quality of water, 385 villages in Kolar
district, have formed quality assurance teams (QAT). They have appointed a water
person, to ensure an uninterrupted distribution of water. These institutions have
succeeded, because villagers have contributed five per cent of the operational cost thus,
giving them a sense of ownership over the system.
EU water directives
Europes water supplies are under extreme stress.
Increasing levels of pollution and saltwater intrusion have increased their problems
further. To deal with the situation in time, Pamela Taylor, president of Eureau, a water
industry body, urged the European Union (EU) to legislate on the EU water framework
directives. These directives aim to "Deliver sustainable water resource management
across Europe and its boundaries, from protection of wetlands in Poland to water demand
management in Portugal all come under its remit."Fearing that up to 40 per cent of
the implementing cost might have to be borne by the industry, she stressed that it should
|Kinetic group is harvesting
"Thanks for sending to me April 2002 issue of Catch Water. I wish to
congratulate you and your team on your dedicated efforts to create water
literacy and making it everybodys business. I am also happy to inform you that
Kinetic Group has also taken an initiative to conserve water in our factories. At
Pithampur, Madhya Pradesh, we are using recharging method. At Ahmednagar, Gujarat, we are
recycling the effluent after treatment, and at Koregaon Bhima we are harvesting rainwater.
We are utilising this water for utilities, toilets and growing vegetables. I will be happy
to contribute articles to Catch Water."Atul Bora
Protecting urban water bodies
"I would like to share my personal views on protecting water bodies in Delhi.
Firstly, the water bodies are to be identified by a committee, which may include RWAs
(resident welfare associations). Secondly, the maintenance of these water bodies is of
prime importance. They have to be regularly de-silted, recharged and old channels which
were recharging these water bodies. It can also serve as a good artificial recharge
structure, if planned in such a manner that the water from the entire area/ colony is
diverted to this water body using the natural slope and simple economical ways. This task
can be taken up by school students, RWAs, non-governmental organisations and government
agencies. Awareness among people is utmost important. The water bodies in Banglore are
protected through a mass movement. Thank you for working for a good cause."
Central Ground Water Board
"I would like to receive your newsletter and more information on water for the
database that we have in Brazil."
Observatorio Socio, Brazil
"Greatly enjoyed the very informative Catch Water. This is to
congratulate you and your team in bringing this out."
Winrock International, New Delhi
"I am writing a monograph on water harvesting in
Himachal Pradesh. I have read Dying Wisdom. I request your kind self to include my name in
the regular list of Catch Water subscribers."
Prof Shyam Parshad
Department of Economics
Himachal Pradesh University