Water & Sanitation

September 18, 2017
The flooding led to a watery grave for the crops. (Photo by Rajiv Palit)

Poor flood planning is destroying livelihoods in south Bengal

Breach of riverbanks after torrential rains and water released from overflowing reservoirs flood southern portions of West Bengal, leading to loss of livelihoods and complete disruption of life

September 11, 2017
Fishing and other rural communities that have traditionally depended on Wular Lake are now struggling to earn a living from it, as shrinkage, siltation and ecological degradation take a toll on Kashmir’s largest flood basin . (Photo by Athar Parvaiz)

Diminished Wular Lake threatens livelihoods

Fishing and other rural communities that have traditionally depended on Wular Lake are now struggling to earn a living from it, as shrinkage, siltation and ecological degradation take a toll on Kashmir’s largest flood basin

September 1, 2017
The artificial glacier melts and flows towards Nang village in May, fulfilling the village’s water needs. (Photo by Samten Choephel)

Artificial glaciers help mitigating rural water crisis in Ladakh

Faced with severe water shortage due to reduced snowfall and receding glaciers, a Ladakh village has built an artificial glacier successfully through community efforts that now fulfills all its water needs

August 23, 2017
Pooran Adivasi near his farm pond with some water, even as the rest of the landscape wears a parched look. (Photo by Nachiket Sule)

Restored farm ponds help Sahariyas tide over drought

Even as Madhya Pradesh reels under severe drought, residents of a tribal village who were denied access to water have collectively restored farm ponds to harvest the meager rainfall to fulfill their water needs

August 14, 2017
Houses on raised ground help char villagers stay safe during floods with banana trees and vegetable gardens preventing soil erosion. (Photo by Abdul Gani)

Assam flood fury leaves high houses on river islands untouched

A simple innovation of building houses on a raised and reinforced earthen platform has spared many village homes on the easily flooded islands on the Brahmaputra and its tributaries

June 9, 2017
Kiraksal village is in Satara's most drought-prone Maan taluk. Villagers are following the ridge-to-valley method of watershed works. (Photo by Nidhi Jamwal)

Competition encourages watershed management to drought-proof Maharashtra villages

As part of the Satyamev Jayate Water Cup 2017, over 1,300 villages in drought-prone areas of Maharashtra are creating water-harvesting structures to overcome chronic water scarcity, particularly during the hot season

June 7, 2017
Farm ponds to harvest and store rainwater could be an optimal solution in some places. (Photo by Aftab Alam)

Water control is the strongest anti-poverty measure

Once we realize that one size does not fit all, it will be easier for the government and civil society organizations to tailor strategies to manage water in the different agro-climatic regions of the country that truly benefits the rural poor

May 31, 2017
Kerala is a land of water bodies. A state government mission now aims at conserving, cleaning and clearing them up to store water and to aid water transport that the state is known for. The image shows the lagoon of Kadinamkulam in Thiruvananthapuram. (Photo by Climatalk)

After the drought, Kerala to chase monsoon to catch rain where it falls

After the century’s worst drought, people in Kerala are now getting ready to harvest rain in their backyard wells, temple ponds and lush forests. Citizens, voluntary groups and the state government are ready with a set of measures. It just needs to rain.

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