Water & Sanitation

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

April 18, 2018
Mangalajodi fishermen find it difficult to sustain their families with the meager income they get from fishing in Chilika. (Photo by Rakhi Ghosh)

Declining catch forces Chilika fishers to become migrant laborers

A significant fall in fish stock due to environmental and human made reasons, combined with stringent laws aimed at restoration of the Chilika Lake, has forced local fishermen to migrate seasonally in search of work

February 26, 2018
The pond in Tarapur, reclaimed from a saltpan, will enable farmers to grow vegetables. (Photo by Hiren Kumar Bose)

Tarapur villages use saltpan to harvest water

Although land and groundwater around the Tarapur atomic plant had turned saline due to seawater ingress and presence of a saltpan, villagers have successfully redeemed and reclaimed the land

February 19, 2018
The Abadnagar check dam has not fulfilled the purpose of irrigating farms. (Photo by Gautam Sarkar)

Poorly designed check dams leave Birbhum farmers high and dry

As against government’s promise to make water available through the seasons, inadequate check dams have not brought any relief to farmers in this semi-arid region who continue to struggle for sustenance

January 31, 2018
Iron removal plants have made tube well water potable, reducing water-borne diseases drastically. (Photo by Rakhi Ghosh)

Kanas villagers make water safe through simple interventions

Water from ponds and tube wells made safe for consumption through simple and easy to maintain solutions have reduced water-borne diseases in coastal Odisha and has enabled village women to utilize the saved time more productively

January 19, 2018
Reviving the traditional practice of keeping water on a raised platform and tilting it to take water prevents contamination. (Photo by Shahnawaz Alam)

Santhal tribes revive tradition for safe drinking water

By reverting to the traditional practice of keeping water pots in a garsadi, a raised platform, villagers in Jharkhand have successfully prevented contamination of drinking water, improving health in households

December 27, 2017
Unchecked river erosion has led to loss of habitation and livelihoods (Photo by Tarun Kanti Bose)

Hungry Padma drives people from their homes

With various factors contributing to unchecked erosion of the banks of Padma River, villages along its course in Jalangi have lost farmlands, forcing women and men to migrate to distant places in search of a livelihood

December 8, 2017
Producing fish seeds provides a sustainable livelihood to unemployed youth in Assam. (Photo by Abdul Mannan Choudhury)

Assam youth are netting healthy incomes from fish seeds

Taking advantage of the plentiful water bodies in Assam, the production and supply of fertilized fish eggs has emerged as a promising and sustainable livelihood for unemployed youth in rural Assam