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Rainwater harvesting training programme for municipal functionaries: October 18-21,2011

Sustainable Urban Water Management: 2011- 2012: Policies and Practices Centre for Science and Environment (CSE), a New Delhi based research and policy advocacy organization has been working on water issues since the early 80s. The Ministry of Urban Development, Government of India has nominated CSE as a Centre of Excellence in the area of “Sustainable Water Management”.

Back to toilet school

Last August 15, speaking from the ramparts of the Red Fort, the prime minister made a very important announcement—his government would ensure “there is no school in India without separate toilets for boys and girls” by the next Independence Day. Exactly one year later, the Ministry of Human Resource Development has announced that this target has been met and that some 417,000 toilets have been built in 261,000 schools.

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.

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Soil of Chandigarh

The soil strata in general comprises of clayey silt soils in the top layers followed by sandy silt to silty sands at depths in most of the sectors.