Water & Sanitation

April 22, 2019
Manjula Amma's field next to Laxmisagar tank, where Bengaluru’s treated wastewater is stored, has sufficient water for irrigation (Photo by Nidhi Jamwal)

Drought-hit farmers grow crops with treated wastewater

After Karnataka government pumped Bengaluru city’s treated wastewater into Kolar’s tanks last year, farmers made use of the raised groundwater table to grow crops amidst concerns of contamination

December 12, 2018
An enclosed bathing space and toilet, while ensuring better hygiene for the women, also gives them time for other activities (Photo by Gram Vikas)

Piped water allows rural women to bathe in private

In Odisha, where a high number of rural households lack enclosed bathing spaces, construction of bathrooms and piped water supply help women avoid bathing in the open

December 3, 2018
Fishermen getting ready to fish hilsa using their country boats, even as the declining fish population affects their livelihood (Photo by Dhruba Das Gupta)

Hilsa fishers driven to the edge by overfishing

The hilsa fishermen of Howrah district in West Bengal are struggling against declining catch, stiff competition from mechanized trawlers and non-traditional fishermen entering the lucrative occupation

November 30, 2018
Organically grown traditional paddy and embankment crop turmeric help Muthukrishnan and Prem Anand sustain agriculture in saline land (Photo by Kevin Samuel)

Coastal farmers tackle salinity with innovative measures

Farmers in coastal Tamil Nadu are countering salinity caused by droughts and groundwater depletion through rainwater harvesting and by reviving traditional organic farming practices

November 28, 2018
Groundwater recharge has improved availability of potable water in villages in the Marathwada region (Photo by Shashank Deora)

Marathwada farmers harvest water in streams, reap rich yields

Farmers in the Marathwada region of Maharashtra that is prone to droughts have made agriculture remunerative by harvesting rainwater in pond-like pockets in streams, leading to groundwater recharge

October 29, 2018
Villager elders inspecting a diversion-based irrigation system in Sinnar (Photo by Yuva Mitra)

Sinnar farmers breathe life back into irrigated farming

By collectively reviving a colonial-era irrigation system, farmers in 19 villages of Sinnar in Maharashtra have transformed a water-starved area into productive and prosperous farmlands

October 19, 2018
A young Kashmiri farmer working in his field (Photo by Athar Parvaiz)

Next-gen Kashmir farmers turn to water wisdom

A new generation of Kashmiri farmers are adapting to extreme weather events such as more frequent droughts by creating water harvesting infrastructure to irrigate their land

September 14, 2018
Madhavi of Chakkamkandam village has seen the pristine backwaters turn into a cesspool, contaminating even their open wells (Photo by Arun P.J.)

Rural community at receiving end of temple town’s sewage

Commercial establishments catering to religious tourism in the temple town of Guruvayur have contaminated the ground and surface water of a village in Thrissur by releasing raw sewage into natural drains

July 11, 2018

Why do villagers often ignore obvious yet valuable things?

We need to figure out ways in which people in rural India are able to make reasoned and sustainable choices to lead their lives rather than flow with trends that are more expensive or patently unsuitable

April 30, 2018

Dharmapuri has forgotten the many names for rain

Rising temperatures and erratic rainfall in the drought-prone dry land farms of Dharmapuri in Tamil Nadu is making rain-fed agriculture non-viable but some women farmers are adapting by growing millets