New York, Apr 30, 2013: Over 10 billion gallons of raw and partly treated sewage gushed into waterways and bubbled up onto streets and into homes as a result of Hurricane Sandy — enough to cover Central Park in a 41-foot-high pile of sludge, a nonprofit research group said in a report released on Tuesday.
Water pumps and other equipment at the Bay Park sewage treatment plant in East Rockaway, N.Y., in Nassau County, had to be replaced after they were flooded by the storm.
Bangalore, Mar 20, 2013: In our daily lives, we may just turn the shower on and flush the toilet down - and not think about the journey of the water to our shower or from our toilet. However, all of us know that terrible plight when the tap goes dry. So it’s important to engage with this journey of water.
We must keep reminding ourselves that the ultimate source of our water is rain. And so in any place we live, the water that is native to it, the water that was meant for it, is the water the rains bring.
December 2012: Availability of sufficient quantity of safe water is a basic requirement for survival of hman beings. Water can be contaminated by several means. Most of the bacteriological contamination of water originates from the feces of human, animals and birds. Discharge of domestic sewagte, rotten food materials and vegetation also can cause bacteriological contamination of water. Read More
Egypt has made good progress towards increasing access to sanitation in urban areas but access to waste water treatment in rural areas lags far behind, a recent study showed.
The World Bank and the University of Leeds launched a new study in Cairo that analyzed the cost-effectiveness of a range of investment options for wastewater treatment in terms of the relative health benefits these are likely to generate for downstream farmers and consumers.
Original Query: B. Hariharasubramanian, TWAD Board, Chennai
Posted: 29 December 2005
I am Hariharasubramanian working as Joint Chief Engineer (Planning and Design), Tamil Nadu Water Supply And Drainage (TWAD) Board Head Office located at Chennai. At present, we are implementing underground sewerage schemes in various towns in Tamil Nadu.
From R. K. Anil, Endogenous Tourism, UNDP, New Delhi
Posted 21 February 2007
UNDP is implementing the Endogenous Tourism Project (ETP) in 36 villages spread over 20 states across the country, in collaboration with Government of India. The objective of this project is to provide sustainable livelihoods to communities in rural areas through tourism based on art, craft, and natural endowment. The project is being implemented in the field through grassroots NGOs and Panchayats.
Original Query: K.A.S. Mani, APFAGMS, Hyderabad
Posted: 24 February 2006
I am Dr K A S Mani, working with Andhra Pradesh Farmer Managed Groundwater Systems (APFAMGS) Project which is a network of over 650 villages working towards enabling the farmers to manage their groundwater systems in about 638 villages in seven drought prone districts of Andhra Pradesh. The development objective of the project is that farmers in Andhra Pradesh manage their groundwater systems based on annual recharge-draft conditions. Main activities include participatory hydrological monitoring, artificial recharge and sustainable agriculture inputs, capacity building and institutional development. One of the areas being explored by the communities is better management and treatment of waste water, so that it could be re-used for agricultural and other purposes.
Original Query: Gopal Sane, Samruddhi, New Delhi
Posted: 22 March 2006
I have been working with bio sanitizers used in septic tanks and wet kitchen waste treatment and I found that the odors and pests like mosquitoes and cockroaches disappeared. I want to take this idea to densely populated slums in cities like Delhi, where wet kitchen waste and open sewage creating odor and pests is a common problem, but I have found much resistance in getting ready acceptance from communities, even in spite of the obvious benefits.
“Community involvement makes waste water management a success story in a Maharashtra village” has been written Dr. S V Mapuskar in India Infrastructure Report, published in 2007 by United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF). The case study presents the Dhamner village in Satara district of Maharashtra is an example of a success story to undertake measures to manage individual and community waste water with the goal of a cleaner and healthier village.
“Solid and Liquid Waste management in rural areas – a technical note”, which have been developed and published by the Department of Drinking Water and Sanitation (DDWS), Ministry of Rural Development (MoRD) with support from the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF). This technical note presents some cost effective technologies of solid and liquid waste disposal and recycling with detailed scientific inputs.