Water

World’s cheapest clean drinking water

With the launch of the cost-effective innovative water project, Bihar will soon provide the cheapest drinking water in the world. The first of such project was launched in Bihar’s Darbhanga district, by Sulabh International. With the help of this project, people will be able to get clean water in 50paisa/litre. The project converts contaminated pond & river water into safe drinking water.

IR Installs Automatic Train Washing System

An automatic train washing system has been installed by Northern Railways at Hazrat Nizamuddin station in Delhi. This move of govt promotes minimum quantity of water, soap and disinfectants and is eco-friendly. It is said that this would save 1,24,000 litres of water per day and more depots will be constructed in the future.

Water level of major reservoir went up 20%

The water storage available in 91 major reservoirs of the country has gone to 20% of their total capacity which was reported 18% in last week. 37 Reservoirs out of these 91 have hydropower benefit with an installed capacity of more than 60 MW. The storage during the current year is less than last year in Northern, Western and Central regions.

Karnataka to release water

The Cauvery Water Management Authority (CWMA), directed Karnataka to release water to Tamil Nadu and other States. The CWMA, which is yet to appoint full-time members, is scheduled to meet every 10 days during the monsoon months. The CWMA consists of a Chairman, a senior and eminent engineer, 2 whole-time members, 6 part-time members and a Secretary.

1st meeting of Cauvery Water Management Board

The first meeting of the Cauvery Water Management Board will be held in New Delhi to resolve the dispute among southern states. The meeting of the 9-member board will be chaired by the Central Water Commission Chairman S Masood Hussain. The meeting will discuss the issues including water storage in Cauvery basin reservoirs with the judgement of the Supreme Court in this regard.

Mumbai’s water stock to last another 56 days

The seven lakes that provide water to Mumbai are reportedly 14.87% full, which means they have water only for 56 days. However, a Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) official said the corporation does not plan to announce water cuts as of now. Mumbai requires 4,200 million litres of water daily (MLD), of which the BMC supplies 3,800 MLD.

Govt agrees with Google for flood forecasting

Central Water Commission, India’s apex technical organization in the field of Water Resources, has entered into a Collaboration Agreement with Google. CWC would use state-of-the-art advances made by Google in the in the field of Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and geospatial mapping for effective management of water resources. It will give flood-related information to the masses.

Composite Water Management Index by NITI Aayog

NITI Aayog has come up with the Composite Water Management Index as a useful tool to assess and improve the performance in the efficient management of water resources. This index is an attempt to inspire States and UTs towards efficient and optimal utilization of water. The index would provide useful information for the States and also for the concerned Central Departments.

Min of Water Resources accepts major projects

The Advisory Committee of the Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation has accepted two major irrigation/multipurpose projects and four flood management schemes/master plans. The Kaleshwaram Project of Telangana and The Upper Pravara (Nilwande-II) Project of Maharashtra are two projects. The Advisory Committee met in Central Water Commission, New Delhi.

Traces of water, metal found in exoplanet

Scientists have identified traces of of multiple metals, along with possible signs of water, in one of the least dense exoplanets ever found. The team used the Gran Telescopio Canarias (GTC) to observe WASP-127b, a giant gaseous planet with partly clear skies and strong signatures of metals in its atmosphere. WASP-127b has a radius 1.4 times larger than Jupiter but has only 20% of its mass.