Order of the Supreme Court of India in the matter of M. C. Mehta Vs Union of India & Others dated 11/07/2018 regarding over-exploitation of Delhi ground water. The report submitted by the Central Ground Water Board in May 2018 indicates that there is over-exploitation of ground water in large parts of Delhi and a major part of Delhi is over-exploited and falling in semi-critical category. In such areas, the water levels are showing persistent declining trend during the last two decades.

Order of the National Green Tribunal in the matter of M/s. Pawan Dyeing Vs. Central Ground Water Authority (CGWA) & Others dated 02/07/2018 regarding dyeing industries in Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh operating without the requisite NOC/authorization from CGWA.

Order of the Supreme Court of India in the matter of State of Tamil Nadu Vs P. K. Sinha & Others dated 18/05/2018 regarding draft Cauvery Management Scheme.

Union of India assures the Apex Court that the draft scheme will be taken to its logical end in accordance with law. The Court hoped that the draft scheme will be notified in the Official Gazette and given effect to before the onset of the monsoon.

Freshwater availability is changing worldwide. Here we quantify 34 trends in terrestrial water storage observed by the Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE) satellites during 2002–2016 and categorize their drivers as natural interannual variability, unsustainable groundwater consumption, climate change or combinations thereof. Several of these trends had been lacking thorough investigation and attribution, including massive changes in northwestern China and the Okavango Delta. Others are consistent with climate model predictions.

Order of the Supreme Court of India in the matter of State of Tamil Nadu Vs P. K. Sinha & Others dated 14/05/2018 regarding draft management scheme for Cauvery. The Central Government represented by the Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation filed the draft scheme. The States of Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Union Territory of Puducherry has been given copies of the draft scheme "only to examine whether the said Scheme is in consonance with the judgment of this Court".

Order of the Delhi High Court in the matter of S. B. Tripathi Vs GNCT of Delhi & Others dated 10/05/2018 regarding repair of Delhi sub-branch canal which is leading to loss of water. Delhi High Court while stressing on the urgency for repair of the canal said the delay would lead to loss of water badly needed for human purpose.

Order of the National Green Tribunal in the matter of M/s. Ashu Charm Udyog Vs. Uttar Pradesh Pollution Control Board dated 25/04/2018 regarding lack of permission from CGWA and also the authorization for M/s. Ashu Charm Udyog, Jajmau, Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh. NGT directs that the leather industry shall not function till required permissions are obtained.

Order of the Supreme Court of India in the matter of Sureshwar D Sinha & Others Vs Union of India & Others dated 24/04/2018 regarding supply of water to Delhi. The Chief Secretary of Haryana assures that there will be no reduction in the supply of Water to Delhi.

Supreme Court wants a meeting to be convened between the State of Haryana and Delhi for resolving of issues pending between the states with regard to the supply of water.

For the past drought-stricken year, most of the drinking water consumed in Beijing has travelled 1,432km (895 miles), roughly the distance from New York to Orlando, Florida.

The report is an advocacy piece to raise awareness around the need to shift the typical way urban water has been managed and to share emerging principles and solutions that may improve urban water supply security in water scarce cities.

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