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Urban wetlands meet
CSE initiates a core committee

  

IN FOCUS

Null and void?
A success story?
The flouride menace
 

CAMPAIGN

Lake in news
From the courtroom
To save this tal
Operation Baikal

INITIATIVE

Stories from Dewas
Meerut meet
Initiating change
Sensitising regional media
Doosra dasak
Glimmer of hope
History rewritten
HLL harvests
Water soliders
The kiwi connection
Exploring Ahmednagar

FACE TO FACE

For my home....

TECHNOLOGY

Bamboo-supari pits
Countering flouride
Techno tit bits

CSE'S LATEST DESIGNS

Meet the new harvesters!

JAL YODHA

T R Sureshchandra
Arun Mathur
Shivanajayya
K G Vyas

R Ramani

NEWS FROM CHENNAI

Recharge maps
Bank loans for RWH
Harvesting in Nilgris
The Vengaivasal model

'Water wisdom' in schools

JAL BIRADARI

No to bore wells
Ghagara revived
Jal bhai, Jal bahen

NEWS FROM GUJARAT

Charting future
City's pride

CLASSROOM

FUNDING AGENCY

WATER  WISDOM

NEWS FROM ABROAD

WATER IN NEWS

READERS SPACE

AN OPPORTUNITY

BOOK/DOCUMENTS

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Vol. 4   

No. 5

October-November 2002

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WOMEN and WATER
Stories from Dewas

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With water, life returns to normal

The women from different villages in Dewas have learnt the art of solving their water problems themselves. Swa Shakti, a governmental body, has been organising these women into self-help groups (SHGs). These are primarily saving - credit groups. During the SHGs meeting, the problem of water was discussed in many villages of Dewas and, under Swa Shakti's community assets creation component, the works were initiated in the following villages. These are not isolated stories, as such initiatives are now gaining momentum in this region.

Meerut meet

On October 26, a one-day brainstorming session was organised by the state's soil conservation department in Meerut, to find a solution for the depleting water tables. CSE was among one of the expert group  invited to talk about the role of water conservation to a gathering of about 50 district level officials from  different departments. The participants realised that if they are able to tap about 80 per cent of rainwater, otherwise going waste, their problems will lessen, considerably.


Initiating change

Since 1987, a UK-based charity Wells for India, is working to provide drinking water in Dudu block, Jaipur. These water supply schemes are operating in 83 villages with active community support. Emphasis is given on developing water source with the help of local knowledge. It is also working with 12 other NGOs in Rajasthan initiating a positive change.

In village Thalgheoria, Bagli block, the presence of just one hand pump had compounded the problem of drinking water, and these women had to walk long distances. The solution came into sight when the women, during one of their SHG's meetings decided to take up the issue with technical assistance from a local NGO, Seva Ashram. After the survey, an earthen check dam was proposed at a point where two seasonal drains meet. Within a month the villagers completed a 10.6 meters (m) high and 0.5 km long structure. In the first four days of rains this year, the dam filled up by ten feet. Now they are working on strengthening the structure by constructing the spillway.

Village Agrakhurd in Bagli block is yet another success. With Seva Ashram's guidance, a pond was constructed. About 100 m away and 3.06 m below, a 17m deep well was dug to solve the drinking water problem in  peak summer months. Influenced by the people's enthusiasm, the district administration decided to pitch in by sanctioning a sum of Rs 22,500 to complete the works. Next year, the SHG plans to develop the pond for fishing.

 

Sensitising regional media

4-2.jpg (9291 bytes)Banglore: October 7-8: The venue and time of organising the first workshop on "Making Water Everybody's Business" for the journalists by CSE's Media Centre was apt. Entangled in the Cauvery water dispute, Karnataka also presents an ideal background to promote the concept of community-based rainwater harvesting.

The workshop was attended by journalists from remote towns of the four south Indian states. A panel of eminent water experts highlighted the varied aspects of community-based rainwater harvesting. Field visits to Raj Bhavan and Denso Kirloskar Industries amongst many other places convinced the group of the merits of this technology.

Glimmer of hope

The people of Kalahandi and Bolangir, Orissa, are gradually breaking away from the vicious circle of drought, poverty and starvation. These changes became apparent during a jal yatra (walk for water) organised by the Indian National Trust for the Welfare of Tribals (INTWOT), a New Delhi-based non governmental organisation (NGO) alongwith Sabuja Baiplav, a local NGO. (For details: intowat@bol.net.in) About 150 people walked from the village Salmeta to Katapalli, Bolangir on October 2.

Doosra dasak

On Sept 30 to Oct 4, Foundation for Education and Development,a New Delhi-based NGO, organised a workshop, called doosra dasak. It concentrated on issues and practices related to water, forest and land management. A CSE staffer spoke on the water conservation practices followed in India, which participants felt can ensure them sustainable livelihoods, at low cost.

During the yatra it was revealed that the impact of the district rural development agency's watershed programme - Jal Chagan, has been extremely positive. Soil erosion has reduced and the water tables are improving. The village youth clubs have taken up the responsibility of mobilising the people. "This is the second yatra that we have organised in this area and the people's willingness to conserve water has visibly improved," says Neeraj Kaushik from INTWOT.

 


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