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Self-help brings two drought-prone UP villages to life

By digging canals themselves, villagers in drought-prone Lalitpur district, Uttar Pradesh, have begun raising two crops a year and have doubled their income

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Jharkhand's water table drops by 3 metres in one year: study

Local efforts to conserve rainwater have made some villages in Jharkhand self-sufficient. But many districts in the state have only enough water to last them till March

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In Vijayawada, every household has a water connection

A concerted effort to use water rationally, cut waste, and provide connections at moderate rates at the consumer’s doorstep has made Vijayawada the first city in the country to provide water to all its inhabitants

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Orissa's man-made water crisis

How is it that a state with an average rainfall of 1,502 mm experiences acute water shortages in summer? Perhaps because the approach to the problem has been a ‘one-size-fits-all’ one, with no assessment of the ground realities and no implementation of area-specific technologies

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Simple solutions to big water problems in Balangir

Balangir in Orissa, known as one of India’s poorest regions, is facing an acute water scarcity, thanks to the administration’s neglect of the natural waterbodies and tanks that once took care of all the citizens’ water needs

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Jala Nirmala scheme in 11 districts of Karnataka

The state government will take up the Jala Nirmala scheme, at a cost of Rs 1,100 crore, in 11 districts of north Karnataka including Bagalkot, Bidar, Belgaum, Bijapur, Dharwad, Gadag, Gulbarga, Haveri, Koppal, Raichur and Uttara Kannada

http://www.deccanherald.com/content/31918/, October 23, 2009

Rainwater harvesting to be made compulsory in Bihar's urban areas

To promote water conservation in Bihar, the state government is expected to enact a law making rainwater harvesting mandatory in urban areas

http://dailypioneer.com/199204/, September 2009

Not poor rainfall but over-use of water behind drought, say NASA scientists

Amounts of rainfall have not changed, but water use has. Four north Indian states -- Punjab, Rajasthan, Haryana and Delhi -- are using up 30% more of their groundwater resources than has been estimated by the Indian government, says a new NASA report

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India's reservoirs are emptying out

23 reservoirs which together have a capacity of 106 billion cubic metres now contain only 9.59 BCM, according to the Central Water Commission’s weekly report released on June 25

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Water shortages spark violence, water and power cuts

In Bhopal, three members of a family were killed in a dispute over water; in Delhi, people took to the streets to protest against water shortages and power cuts in the city. A delayed monsoon shows up the country’s inability to deal with the situation

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