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Many areas of our country are experiencing severe water stress? How can we stop ground water depletion?

Many areas of our country are experiencing severe water stress? How can we stop ground water depletion?

Postby 12fypmgr » Fri Dec 03, 2010 6:47 am

Many areas of our country are experiencing severe water stress? How can we stop ground water depletion?

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Re: Many areas of our country are experiencing severe water

Postby anukampa.devpolicy@gmail.com » Tue Jan 25, 2011 5:44 am

Pricing of water

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Re: Many areas of our country are experiencing severe water

Postby mussavvir@gmail.com » Fri Jan 28, 2011 8:06 pm

r u kidding me!! :D :D
i haf seen areas like okhla , abul fazal and many more which being a part of capital of india do not have water supply so people are actually forced to exploit groud water and 1 never worries wen the asset he is using is free of cost!!
from 1960 and 2002 the ground water level has gone down from 2 mtrs to 15 mtrs... wen u know the answer y r u questioning us... this is not the case of okhla or abul fazal.. it is actually the case of whole country...
In delhi we gets only 210 mgd water from yamuna while our need is 800 mgd water... if the government sincerely work on yamuna cleaning the whole water demand can be fed entirely from yamuna... but we are waiting to see the consequence... wen all the rivers wud flow into oceans leaving glaciers empty.. and the ocean wud cum to delhi cleaning all the yamuna and delhi itself... :( m sowie for such behaviour but ds is d truth! now wen govrnmt cnt stop ground water depletion in the capital.. how cn it evn think of the whole country ,wen delhi is just 1,484 kmsq of 3,287,263 kmsq area of india... !!

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Re: Many areas of our country are experiencing severe water

Postby janagiramanpp@yahoo.com » Sun Jan 30, 2011 8:28 am

water tax is equal for all households (in panchayat/municipality/corportaion of tamil nadu), water tax shall be levied on the quantity of usage by households.investment for fixing water meter would be compensated by the water savings in the long run.

every new household/industrial construction of a borewell should come with water meter and it should be taxed a minimum amount in proportion to the quantity of the usage. existing borewell can be metered in phased manner.

since there is free electricity for agriculture , water is bored out indiscriminately, though we are providing free electricity, we can charge very minimum amount for usage of water. this will induce farmers to use water in a responsible manner.

Water from agricultural pumpsets are being diverted to non agricultural activities like construction works. this needs to checked.

Rain water harvesting is widely done in public buildings, this needs to be penetrated into household level.People are too lazy to do it. Government can arrange men and material for this work(can be through NGERA) and charge them upon households.
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Re: Many areas of our country are experiencing severe water

Postby prateeshkumar420@yahoo.com » Sun Jan 30, 2011 10:15 am

Most of the areas which are witnessing severe water stress are those where there has been heavy exploitation of ground water for irrigation or because of population pressure.
In order to arrest the ground water depletion, there should be multi-pronged approach-
1. It is well known that many varieties of crops have already been developed which require lesser quantities of water. For ex., as per newspaper reports, in many countries such varieties of rice and wheat have been widely used. This will require a fundamental change in the Indian agricultural setup. Innovative, and not rent-seeking attitude has to be developed among the farmers. Even the marginalized and poor peasant will have to be brought into the ambit. This will ensure that over a large area, the fields will have uniform pattern. Hence, there will be less stress on the groundwater. Also, BETTER IRRIGATION METHODS are urgently required. Such methods which supply only the required quantity and do not drain away the rest are the need of the hour. But all this will require support from govt. because Indian peasantry is resistant to change. Nutrient based subsidy is a good step in preventing the contamination of groundwater.
2. Another solution is RAIN WATER HARVESTING! It should be made mandatory to have such systems in every residential complex, whether a single home or a multi-storey flat or a congested mohalla. Also, people should be made aware of the situation and they should be actively involved in the form of a community to conserve water. Thus, people have to change their habits. In this regard, MEDIA CAN DO A LOT IN SPREADING AWARENESS!!!!
3. Next step which everyone must do is PLANT TREES AND INCREASE THE GREEN COVER! Needless to say that this will do wonders.
4. Also, the WATER METERING SYSTEM should be installed in all the places. Appropriate water tax should be charged. But this should exclude the poor people.
5. All this will only work when people will join hands with the govt. So, a participatory and incentive-based approach can help a lot. Those who waste the water should be made to pay fine while those who conserve it should be applauded.

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Re: Many areas of our country are experiencing severe water

Postby shravan.mandepudi@gmail.com » Sun Jan 30, 2011 3:21 pm

Water harvesting plans implemented well in crisis areas can help reduce ground water depletion to a great extent. In rural areas check dams, dug wells and afforestation will greatly alleviate water stress. In urban areas, as open spaces are scarce, public parks need to be used to recharge ground water. In addition tax concessions may be given to those builders and individuals who construct water recharge pits in their premises.
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Re: Many areas of our country are experiencing severe water stress? How can we stop ground water depletion?

Postby waseemparkar@gmail.com » Thu Feb 03, 2011 6:24 am

There is a very simple solution to this matter. Please build small lakes along all the rivers of the country. Encourage possible commercial activities for the small lakes so that they can be maintained and thus objective achieved.
These lakes can only be built outside of residential locations to mitigate any possible ramifications. Also we can build something on the lines of Kielder Lake http://www.visitnorthumberland.com/site/attractions/countryside/kielder-water-and-forest-park . We should build thousands of small lakes across the country and tens of Kielder lakes. Commercialize them if needed.

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Re: Many areas of our country are experiencing severe water stress? How can we stop ground water depletion?

Postby vijaysnkar@yahoo.co.in » Thu Feb 03, 2011 7:32 am

Rain Water Harvesting is the one & only way to retain the Ground Water level. It has to be mandated in all the new houses built & for the already built houses the harvesting has to be done immed. So that the rain water which are draining on the road & drainage will get reduced & the ground water level will increase.

Methods of Harvesting
http://www.rainwaterharvesting.org/methods/methods.htm
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Re: Many areas of our country are experiencing severe water stress? How can we stop ground water depletion?

Postby sumit.sumitgulati@gmail.com » Thu Feb 03, 2011 1:05 pm

There has to be a village and city wise aggressive water harvesting project
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Re: Many areas of our country are experiencing severe water stress? How can we stop ground water depletion?

Postby ishita_bhasin@yahoo.com » Thu Feb 03, 2011 6:14 pm

we should make it compulsory to go in for rain water harvesting,this way dependence on ground water will reduce significantly. underground boring which is done by all the residential houses in delhi, inspite of having a jal board connection, should be made an offence.

also taking effective steps to control the booming population will reduce the burden.

The system of boring makes water available 24hrs to the houses and thus they do not care about saving it at all. as it is said the true value of something is felt only when someone looses it, and i am sure we don't want to be in a situation where water becomes a priceless commodity, please let it be a renewable resource.

this is not a simple problem, but one which has to looked through varied angles and a multi-pronged strategy needs to be devised.

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