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What should be the Coliform standard in India's sewage treatment protocol in order to promote safe reuse of reclaimed water for domestic, industrial and agricultural use; are stringent standards affordable?

The discharge of untreated sewage and the ensuing bacterial contamination of surface water bodies pose a health risk in its reuse, be it for a variety of domestic purposes including safe drinking water, as well as exposing farmers who often use raw sewage or polluted streams to meet their irrigation needs.


How to Clean the Yamuna

While the Delhi government has been debating on what needs to be done to clean the river, the pollution levels have only worsened. In its book Sewage Canal: How to Clean the Yamuna, published in 2007, the Centre for Science and Environment reported that the Delhi stretch of the river is not only dead but had an overload of coliform contamination. Two years later, the pollution data shows no respite to the river.    

Manage your sewage, CSE warns Meerut

New Delhi-based research and advocacy body, Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) releases its study on water and wastewater management in Meerut Meerut depends on groundwater -- inspite of the Ganga, Yamuna and the Kali Nadi in its vicinity. Ground sources diminishing at an alarming rate Only 25 per cent of the city’s households are connected to the underground sewerage system. No sewage treatment

The water business

Water has become a new pet subject for Indian industry. Not because it is concerned with the depleting water resources or its own contributions to growing pollution. Because it sees a new and lucrative business opportunity. With support from the World Bank, the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and other associations are competing with each other to establish their role in the water business.