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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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • India urged to consider climate change too in hydropower planning

    Stating that generation of hydropower from top seven projects in India has suffered due to climate variability in the past six decades, a new research report has warned that future projected climate change may also hit reservoir operation for power generation from these projects.

    The government must consider changes occurring due to climate change while planning new hydropower projects, the study carried out by researchers from the Indian Institute of Technology-Gandhinagar, has said.


  • South Asia river water flow seen increasing on global warming

    A wetter future awaits South Asia. A new study based on global climate change models that informed the fifth assessment report of the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has indicated that the South Asia region will see a 20–30 per cent increase in mean annual runoff for the period 2046–2075 relative to the study baseline period of 1976–2005.



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