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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.

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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.    

Kumbh: time to come clean

Maha Kumbh in Allahabad has perhaps no parallel in terms of the sheer size of the congregation. In less than two months over 100 million people are expected to come to this city, which sees the confluence of two rivers of India—the Ganga and the Yamuna. People come to worship on the banks of the Ganga. Even as they celebrate the river it seems they don’t see the river, but only the ritual.

Sewage treatment a huge challenge in Thiruvananthapuram

The 7th State of India's Environment report, Excreta Matters, was released in Thiruvananthapuram on 11th of May 2012 at the 49th annual conference of the Kerala Sasthra Sahitya Parishad at the Government Higher Secondary School, Manakkad. Sunita Narain, director general of the Centre for Science and Environment was invited to inaugurate the conference, and the first copy of the two-volume report was given to former Forest Minister Benoy Viswom.

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  Reviving our river Source: Times of India   :: Change flush-&-forget mindset, cry for Yamuna :: Reduce water demand & wastage to revive river Blogs: Sunita Narain :: From water to water :: Excreta's economy: a true experience :: Making water-excreta accounts Opinion: :: Waste, by any other name... Report: :: Review of the interceptor plan for the Yamuna :: State of pollution in the Yamuna Presentation: :: About Yamuna. But not just Yamuna Book:  :: Sewage canal: How to clean the Yamuna Film: :: Faecal Attraction: Political Economy of Defecation