Environmental protections must not wait until a population is about to disappear. (Editorial)

JAIPUR: Yet another river is dying, this time in the environment minister's constituency. Not long ago, river Bandi in Pali district was a seasonal river.

In absolute disregard to environment , three out of the four common effluent treatment plants (CETPs) don't have consent to operate since March 2011, he said. "Textile dyes are toxic, highly stable and do not degrade easily and are not removed by conventional wastewater treatment methods. Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) staff took samples of water from several points, ranging from CETPs, drains from industries , wells and hand pumps in villages downstream.

Delhi on Wednesday signed an agreement with Singapore to set up waste water treatment plants that will generate ‘new water’ for the city’s consumption. ‘New Water’ as it is popularly called is treated sewage and waste water that is being increasingly used in cities where water is in short supply.

The waste water is treated extensively and made fit for use. Singapore has an expertise in setting up ‘new water’ plants and is considered a successful model of waste water recycling and reuse.

Urban waste management are being increasingly transformed from a disposal-based linear system to a recovery-based closed-loop system that promotes the conservation of water and nutrient resources thereby contributing to sustainable development. The current manuscript compares the decentralized and centralized approaches to wastewater systems by citing several studies that have listed various well-defined criteria to choose decentralized systems over centralized systems.

The Working Group on Urban and Industrial Water Supply and Sanitation has met to deliberate on the critical challenges of this sector and in particular it has explored best practices to suggest the way ahead. This report focuses on one aspect of its task – urban water and sanitation.

A trial court has asked the anti-corruption branch to register an FIR against some Delhi Jal Board(DJB)officialson thebasisof a complaint.

The International Finance Corporation plans to invest about $150 million in water management and water treatment projects in India, a top IFC official said.

The investment, to be done over the next two to three years, would focus on three areas

This booklet focuses on treating domestic/municipal wastewater or greywater with subsurface flow constructed wetlands with coarse sand as a filter medium. The emphasis is on the application in developing countries and countries in transition.

The use of reclaimed water in agriculture is an option that is increasingly being investigated and taken up in regions with water scarcity, growing urban populations and growing demand for irrigation water.

This paper by AR Shivakumar of Karnataka State Council for Science and Technology was presented at a national seminar organised by ISRO at NIAS Bangalore in 2010. It highlights the grave water situation in the city where the water demand is ever on the increase with the increasing population.