Water

April 14, 2021

Where are the women in water governance?

Women contribute equally to livelihood activities involving water. Yet they are absent in the decision-making processes, since only domestic water management is seen as their responsibility

March 15, 2021

Eco-friendly sanitation wins proponent civilian award

Subburaman, who is credited with constructing India’s first community eco-san toilet, besides successfully installing various eco-friendly sanitation solutions, gets recognized with a Padma Shri

March 3, 2021

Water-starved villagers harvest rainwater in multiple tanks

Post-monsoon water scarcity was a common problem. By storing rainwater in many miniature plastic-lined tanks, villagers have solved their water woes and used it for remunerative cultivation

February 24, 2021

Villagers dig well during lockdown to solve water problem

Increased water demand during lockdown brought to fore Tindori village’s lack of a reliable water source. Digging a well near monsoon ravines, community has ensured prolonged water availability

January 29, 2021

Revived shallow springs fulfill water needs of villages

Once a perennial source of drinking water, natural springs called jhirias started vanishing. Revived and conserved, the springs’ water is now filtered and supplied through hand posts

January 27, 2021

Kerala farmers revive age-old check dams

By reviving traditional water management structures called kattas, temporarily built for a few months every year, farmers are solving water problems in an environment-friendly manner

January 25, 2021

How rural India showed resilience, synergy during lockdown

Republic Day is an ideal occasion to celebrate rural India’s positive progress. VillageSquare recollects how communities used the lockdown productively, despite difficulties and loss of livelihoods.

January 15, 2021

Community efforts save Goan heritage lake

Santa Cruz residents have come together to prevent dried up Bondvol Lake from being converted to real estate, and got it declared as a wetland, spurring more villagers to protect natural assets

December 7, 2020

Restoration of ponds leads to revival of agriculture

Despite good rainfall, lack of water retention led to farmers’ migration. Deepening of ponds to store rainwater has stopped migration and helped farmers grow crops across seasons

September 23, 2020

Lift Irrigation helps monsoon-reliant farmers flourish

With farms lying above Kalnai River, farmers grew rain-fed paddy or jute. Community-owned lift irrigation helps them grow more crops, get better yield and earn more