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  • 2.1 billion still don't have access to clean drinking water

    Stating that nearly 2.1 bn people still do not have access to clean and readily available drinking water and that up to 4.3 bn are without access to safe sanitation, the United Nations World Water Development Report 2019 (WWDR) has underlined that fulfilling the human rights to safe drinking water & sanitation for all can also significantly contribute to achievement of the broad set of goals of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

    The report found that by year 2050, 45 per cent of global gross domestic product and 40 per cent of global grain production will be threatened by environmental damage and lack of water resources.


  • India to work with EU, Germany, UK on water challenges

    India and the European Union have decided to jointly take up seven research and innovations projects aimed at addressing urgent challenges in areas relating to water in India, including the ongoing flagship Ganga rejuvenation programme.

    The joint programme would have funding available to the tune of Euro 40 million (about Rs 320 crore). At the same time, India and Germany too have joined hands in areas of water and waste management.


  • Centre gives nod for Rs 1388-crore sewage works in Uttar Pradesh

    The Centre has approved sewerage infrastructure and other projects worth Rs 1387.71 crore focusing on towns along the Yamuna in Uttar Pradesh under its ongoing Namami gange programme.

    The latest round of approved projects involve construction and renovation of sewage treatment plants, online monitoring systems of sewage treatment plants and other infrastructure projects.


  • Growing water risks may aggravate bad loan crisis in Indian banks

    The recent issue of widening non-performing assets (NPAs) of Indian banks could get worse in coming years as many lenders have loan exposure to sectors where there are various risks to water resources, a new report by the WWF has warned.

    Stating that close to 40 per cent of the gross credit exposure of Indian banks is in sectors where water risks are significant, the WWF report has underlined that the increasing water risks for businesses could lead to significant losses for the country’s banks.


  • Niti Aayog calls for wastewater recycling, more water storage

    Recycling of wastewater, augmentation of water storage capacity and participatory approach to encourage behavioural changes and community engagement in groundwater management are among the recommendations of the NITI Aayog in its recently unveiled comprehensive national strategy for 2022-23.

    Industries should be encouraged to meet a major share of their demand through recycled water. Besides, programmes for smart water meters and tradable permits for use of recycled water may be launched, said NITI Aayog in ‘Strategy for New India @75’.


Nine of the 10 worst global risks are linked to water

Water is one of the world’s gravest risks, according to the Global Risks Report published earlier this week at the World Economic Forum in Davos. And the situation is actually worse than it might seem at first glance.


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.