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  • India, China to be hardest hit by Asia’s $4 trillion water risk

    India, China and several other Asian countries face urgent water challenges and won’t have sufficient water to develop further while ensuring food and energy security, a recent report by Hong Kong-based think tank China Water Risk (CWR) has said.

    In fact, India and China, two of the worlds’ most populous countries, will be faced with no choice but to create a new development paradigm if they want a future with water.

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  • NMCG approves Rs 1570 cr Ganga projects in UP, Bihar, West Bengal

    The National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) has approved 10 projects worth Rs 1573 crore under the Namami Gange programme.

    In its recent meeting, NMCG's Executive Committee (EC) gave the go-ahead for the projects, which are largely sewerage schemes on Ganga's main stem and its tributaries located in Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and West Bengal. Additionally, one sewerage scheme in Himachal Pradesh has also been approved.

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  • Small water enterprises form alliance in India, seek policy reforms

    Several leading small water enterprises (SWEs) have joined hands with entrepreneurs, technology & service providers as well as funders and knowledge providers to launch the Small Water Enterprise Alliance in India, hoping to facilitate joint initiatives to establish industry standards, accelerate sector funding and advance regulatory reforms.

    The multi-sectoral collaboration, which was facilitated by leading SWE Safe Water Network, has asked for several policy changes and facilitations from the Union Government.

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  • Centre issues notification for e-flow norms of Ganga

    The Centre has notified the minimum environmental flows for the Ganga that have to be maintained at various locations. The move is aimed at restoring and maintaining continuous flow of the Gangaand comes along with efforts to curb flow of untreated wastewater in the river.

    The notification will help ensure that the river has at least the minimum required environmental flow of water even after its flow gets diverted by projects and structures for purposes including irrigation, hydropower, domestic and industrial use.

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  • Sewage infrastructure development along Ganga River remains slow

    Despite the urgency to clean and rejuvenate the Ganga River as per the 2019-20 deadline given by the Centre, the progress of sewage infrastructure development remains woefully tardy.

    Till August 2018, less than a fourth of the proposed sewage infrastructure projects have been completed under the Namami Gange Mission while no new sewage treatment capacity has been added at all in Bihar and Uttarakhand.

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Why forests should take centre stage during the water decade

Only a tiny fraction of national biodiversity plans consider the impact of forests on water supply, and only a fraction of national water plans place ecosystems at their centre.

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Degrees of Thirst: The World’s Water Supply

It’s no secret that there is a water crisis in many developing countries around the world. Many people everyday go without clean water. More people have access to a mobile phone than they do to a toilet.

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