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A woman fetches water from a small tank outside her house in Beed district, Maharashtra| Photo: Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg

The year our home in Madurai ran out of water

In ‘Watershed’, Mridula Ramesh writes that India is facing its worst water crisis ever, and some say it will fail to meet half its water demand by 2030.
Residents wait in line to get water in Chennai | Bloomberg Phoho

9.1 crore Indians don’t have basic water supply. But India isn’t paying attention

Campus Voice is an initiative by ThePrint where young Indians get an opportunity to express their opinions on a prevalent issue.
Microplastics in a river | Laboratory of Dr Lance Yonkos/Chesapeake Bay Program

We are consuming up to 5 gms of plastic every week – in our water, apples, fish, beer

Life is plastic, it’s not fantastic — microplastics are everywhere and in everything we consume.
Representation Image| Commons

We will see more storms and floods — IPCC report shows water cycle intensifying

An intensifying water cycle means that both wet and dry extremes and the general variability of the water cycle will increase, although not uniformly around the globe.

Water storage levels low in major states, likely to hit food production and push inflation

Nine states have lesser storage in water reservoirs than in the corresponding period last year. Punjab, Gujarat, West Bengal, UP and MP among those facing the issue.
A screengrab from an animation of the Martian poles with ice caps. | Credit: ESA

Water lakes were found at Martian South Pole in 2018. New findings say it was frozen clay instead

In 3 papers published over a month, different teams reanalysed the 2018 Mars Express orbiter data to state that frozen clay, not salt water lakes, produced radar signals.
File photo of Aam Aadmi Party leader Saurabh Bhardwaj in New Delhi

Will cut water supply to Delhi BJP chief’s home if Haryana holds up capital’s quota, AAP warns

AAP claims Haryana government, led by BJP, has curtailed Delhi’s water supply by around 100 million gallons per day.
Avian biodiversity of Noyyal system lakes | Sanket Bhale

This centuries-old system in Tamil Nadu can teach India how to save water again

From Tamil Nadu to Rajasthan, India has several indigenous water systems that have worked for centuries. As water runs out, we need to return to nature-based solutions.
A water tap | Wikimedia Commons

India’s race for universal water supply shouldn’t come at cost of water quality

Supplying treated piped water to all homes is an energy-intensive process, and India cannot rely on fossil fuels for Nal Se Jal.
Representational image | Julien Harneis | Flickr

Modi govt begins survey of 6 cr tap connections in villages to assess water quality, quantity

Department of Drinking Water and Sanitation has roped in Nielsen India to conduct the survey in around 7,000 villages across all states. Results will be out by March 2021.
Illustration: Ramandeep Kaur | ThePrint

Bezos, Branson & Musk — Are billionaires popularising space travel or just on an ego trip?

Jeff Bezos will travel to the edge of space in his New Shepard aircraft — more than a week after billionaire Richard Branson defeated him in a fast developing space race.