Water & Sanitation

May 29, 2017
Balakrishnan Marimuthu dug two farm ponds, with which he grew coconuts to offset paddy loss this year. (Photo by Sharada Balasubramanian)

Farmers in coastal Tamil Nadu battle drought with smart farming

Farmers of Vedaranayam in Nagapattinam district of Tamil Nadu are surviving the current drought by growing diverse crops that suit their soil, despite the failure of the rains and not getting water from the Cauvery River for many years

May 24, 2017
A small pump irrigating an onion farm. (Photo by Hamish John Appleby / IWMI)

Small pumps are a viable solution for poor farmers

Although small pumps for irrigation doesn’t get the attention it deserves, evidence from groundwater-rich states such as Assam, Jharkhand and Odisha show that they have significant benefits for small and marginal farmers

February 22, 2017
Women need secluded bathing spaces in villages. (Photo by Prem Kumar Marni)

Women forced to bathe in the open in Odisha villages

A village-level analysis of availability of bathrooms in Odisha shows that not enough attention is paid to the clear and urgent need for secluded bathing spaces for women in rural areas

February 15, 2017
In many villages, an informally decided upon time is kept aside for women taking a bath in a group. (Photo by Adam Cohn)

Rural men must realize women need secluded bathing spaces

Women taking a bath in the open is a common enough sight in the countryside, which needs to change. For that to happen, it is important to change the mindset of men and their insensitivity towards the issue

January 30, 2017
The paths of Shikdamakha village are dotted with bamboo baskets to collect waste. (Photo by Abdul Gani)

Remote village in Karbi Anglong sets cleanliness benchmark

The young people of Shikdamakha in Assam didn’t wait for the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan to set standards in sanitation, which has today resulted in the village being one of the cleanest in the entire country

January 27, 2017
Hand pumps that are known for their arsenic-laced water are still in use in Ekawana Rajpur village in Ballia district. (Photo by Tarun Kanti Bose)

Arsenic contamination in groundwater killing villagers in Ballia

High levels of arsenic in the water supply is afflicting many villages in eastern Uttar Pradesh but the government hasn’t been able to design and implement any program to contain the menace

January 6, 2017
A dirty ditch is the only source of water in Kulappadi village. (Photo by K. Rajendran)

Chronic water scarcity has turned Kulappadi’s toilets into goat sheds

Rapid deforestation and soil erosion in Attapadi Forest Reserve has led to a crippling water shortage in Kerala’s only tribal block and the Irula forest tribe has suffered the most

December 28, 2016
Marathwada suffers from a chronic shortage of water and rainfall is often scanty. (Photo by Harini Calamur)

It’s much better to dig than to build for water

Learning from some exemplary instances in drought-prone Marathwada, it makes sense for government programs to dig tanks and deepen streams for water sufficiency instead of building expensive structures

December 26, 2016
Komalam Ramachandran of Naduvilkara in Thrissur district and her son in front of the well in their house. (Photo by S. Gopikrishna Warrier)

Kerala fights drought with recharged wells

For a region that does not want for water, Kerala is extending a rainwater harvesting programme in the central district of Thrissur to all parts of the state following the recent droughts

December 12, 2016
Runa Devi and Daya Devi of Kaladinda village in southeast Bihar have emerged as village leaders. (Photo by Suneeta Dhar)

A tale of two women and a watershed

Two unlearned women in a remote area of Bihar have broken gender stereotypes to emerge as community leaders and manage the construction of a watershed that now benefits 12 villages