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State Level Workshop on "Water conservation and wastewater recycle/ reuse in Rajasthan – Issues and Challenges" in Jaipur, Rajasthan

Jaipur, February 7, 2013: CSE organised a state level workshop on “Water conservation and wastewater recycle/ reuse in Rajasthan - Issues and Challenges” on February 7.

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Roundtable Discussion on Urban Lake and Wetland Protection and Restoration, and Reuse of Waste Water 29 January, 2013

For the last few decades our urban water bodies are being ignored and killed remorselessly. These crucial kidneys in our urban environment are encroached, polluted, and used as dumping grounds. Planners only see lucrative land. To address these issues the Centre for Science and Environment organized a roundtable discussion on urban lakes/wetland protection and restoration  on  January 29, 2013 at the India Habitat Centre.

CSE recommends BOD as suitable parameter for water quality, wants equipment approval simplified

Biological Oxygen Demand (BOD) is a satisfactory parameter to measure water quality. However, the process of measurement should be improved and speeded up. Two ways of doing this are using a bio-sensor based system or a spectrophotometer, that give results within minutes and are nearly as accurate as laboratory-based monitoring. That said, conventional laboratory testing must also be made more robust with clear protocols for sampling, transport and testing.

Contact Address

 
  Dr. Suresh Kumar Rohilla
  Programme Director
  Email: srohilla@cseindia.org
 
  Sushmita Sengupta
  Deputy Programme Manager
  Email: sushmita@cseindia.org
  Mob: +91-9899928837
 

Wetland Conservation

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Wetland Conservation

Wetlands are vital sponges in the city. They prevent flood and recharge groundwater. Along with being an aesthetic entity, they provide social, economic and environmental beneficiaries. They improve the quality of water and also sustain the surrounding diverse flora and fauna (aquatic and wild life habitat). Being rich in nutrients, they provide a diverse and productive ecosystems for the natural environment to survive.

Wetlands have always been critical for Indian cities. Every city gave its land for rain.

Policies

Already about 10 states have formulated and adopted their own water policies, and the rest are in the process of doing so. The state water policies are comprehensive and treat water as a finite resource. The need to manage water resources in a scientific manner has been recognised in the policies and hence a lot of emphasis has been given to sustainable exploitation of water and groundwater resources.

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