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  • India's water appetite for energy production unsustainable

    India's growing appetite for water for energy production may not be sustainable beyond 2040 if the country continues with current systems of power generation, new research has revealed.

    By 2020 itself, many areas of the world will no longer have access to clean drinking water and about 30-40 per cent of the world will have water scarcity, two new reports that focus on the global electricity-water nexus have warned.

    There will be a clash of competing necessities, between drinking water and energy demand.

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  • Budget 2014: Rural supply, watershed development schemes unveiled

    Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has announced several measures and schemes relate to new water projects, including a mega scheme aimed at conservation of the Ganga, in the Union Budget 2014-15.

    In his maiden Budget, Jaitley announced measures for watershed development and a scheme for rural drinking water supply. Jaitley also allocated a sum of Rs 500 crore for water reforms in Delhi. For providing safe drinking water, Rs 3600 crore has been earmarked under National Rural Drinking Water Programme.

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  • Asia-pacific region lost $53 billion in 30 years to drought

    Even as parts of India face drought-like situation due to late onset of the south-west monsoon, a United Nations (UN) initiative has been launched to strengthen drought monitoring and early warning systems in the Asia-Pacific region.

    Experts have stressed on the need to have better access to scientific information and knowledge, and effective early warning systems to help save lives and livelihoods in the region, terming drought a silent killer.

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  • Delhi Govt plans Rs 25000 crore project to depollute Yamuna

    The Delhi Government has announced a Rs 25000-crore inter-linked project that seeks to substantially bring down the pollution in Yamuna by treating effluent and wastewater discharge into the river.

    The ambitious comprehensive interceptor sewer project, that seeks to ensure that water from drains is treated before being discharged into the Yamuna, will see laying of new intercepter sewer pipelines and making fully operational the existing lines.

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  • 'Tibetan glacier melt can fuel tension among Asian neighbours'

    Melting glaciers in the Tibetan plateau, home to some of the largest rivers that feed millions across India, China and Pakistan, have the potential to raise tensions between several of the region's countries, a new briefing has indicated.

    There are concerns that tensions will increase due to climate-driven water variability in the trans-boundary drainage systems linked to the vast Tibetan plateau in central Asia, where rivers supply more than one billion people with water, the briefing released earlier this month said.

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Interviews

Industry recognises water investment need in India

With growing urbanisation, steady population growth and industrialisation, the industry recognises an urgent need for investment in India's water and wastewater infrastructure, says SIWW MD Maurice Neo.

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FROM GREECE TO INDIA, PEOPLE SAFEGUARD WATER FOR THE COMMON GOOD

The successes in Greece and Indonesia demonstrate civil society wants to keep water in public hands. And yet the World Bank continues its dogmatic promotion of privatization.

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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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