Water - Element of life

Cyclone Alert
by Andrea   
Tuesday, 30 October 2012
Clouds in the South of India (Photographer: www.imd.gov.in/)Listen in to interviews with Punnuswami (Auroville Electrical Service), Srinivasamurthy (Auroville Foundation) and Daniel (the Working Committee) regarding the Cyclone Alert. After Auroville's experience with cyclone Thane, less than one year ago, it seems the residents of Auroville are more conscious and prepared for wind and rain disrupting normal life. Here is a link to the website with cyclone updates: www.imd.gov.in/section/nhac/dynamic/cwind.pdf Read more

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Golden Water Project
by Dimitri   
Wednesday, 03 October 2012
New Colors school (Photographer: Dimitri)Golden Water is a water purification project funded by Tom and Janet from Canada. It was founded by Nikadas and his wife Ranana about two years ago to address the restricted access to clean drinking water in Edyanchavadi village. With its sixty-thousand liter tank, Golden Water provides fresh, free drinking water for local children and families and water for a small fee to the other community locals. This tuesday they had a ceremony to celebrate with children from the New Colors evening school. Read more

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Do you drink Water? Stay Tuned!
by Giuseppe & Maria   
Friday, 20 April 2012
Water in the flyer of the conference about it by Gilles Boulicot (Photographer: Maria)Everyone has time to donate their lives to a worthy cause. Thinking about the priority of the physical human life, just after the air there's water. Thinking only about who needs water to grow up the edible plants we use to eat everyday, it's easy to connect all together in this problem: Auroville water is always less clean and more difficult to store, even in the aquifer. So do we care about it? Nathalie (in the english interview), is one who does care, and for the first time spoke at a meeting: the one of Water Read more

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Water? By Gilles Boulicot
by Sam,Giorgio, AVRteam   
Wednesday, 11 April 2012

Presentation of the conference Water for Auroville, an urgent issue! (Photographer: Giorgio)Water for Auroville, an urgent issue! by Gilles Boulicot was at Cinema Paradiso. It emerged that there is more than one way to solve the problem of scarcity of water in the Auroville land and around it. To face this problem it is important to use multi-sourcing. There are many ways to improve today’s situation. First of all the relationship with neighbouring towns is a necessity for the hydrogeological environment. There is only one for the entire region. Today at 3 pm in Citadine is a meeting to form a group of people to manage about it. Read more

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Small-scale harvesting
by Andrea and Anitha   
Saturday, 04 December 2010

Shama Dalvi (Photographer: Vikram)Shama Dalvi, an Aurovilian architect, gave a presentation during the Green Practices Workshop about a rain water harvesting project at Yelagiri. She spoke briefly on different types of rainwater harvesting systems and the system chosen for the project at Amaidhi homes. Shama explained two types of harvesting techniques, the active and passive, and gave various reasons for choosing the latter. Giving more details about the entire structure of the vacation homes, she described the nitty-gritties of how the rain water was harvested. Erosion was the biggest problem and this was stabilised by using granites and creating artificial waterfalls to reduce the water force. Download presentation

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New techniques
by Andrea and Anitha   
Friday, 03 December 2010

Akash Heimlich (Photographer: Vikram)Akash Heimlich is a micro-electronics and software programmer, who co-founded EV Future in 2009. At the Green Practices Workshop, he spoke about his experiments with Aquaponics, which is a system of agriculture that involves simultaneous cultivation of plants and aquatic animals in a symbiotic environment. The water consumption in this system is less, as the fish tank water is used for cultivation and usage of chemicals can also be avoided. To learn more, download presentation

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Postponing a disaster
by Andrea and Anitha   
Friday, 03 December 2010

Kireet (Photographer: Vikram)Kireet from the Canyon Erosion Control Project said since the beginning the Aurovilians have tried to control erosion and fresh water flowing into the sea by planting trees, building bunds and canyons, and using other methods. At the Green Practices workshop, he said the canyons came under the purview of the government and they built the check dams. These dams, Kireet pointed out, were in bad shape. The dams were rebuilt with available materials. He described the efforts involved in building these check dams and the benefits of which Auroville starting reaping slowly. Download presentation

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Integrated water management
by Andrea and Anitha   
Thursday, 02 December 2010
Gilles Boulicot (Photographer: Vikram)At the Green Practices workshop, Gilles Boulicot of Auroville Centre for Scientific Research said water management is a challenging subject and in today’s context, it has to be related to sustainability. The problems of water management are universal. In India, conflict over water is sometimes acute because it’s managed by the states and not a central authority. Gilles explains the coastal zone issues facing India in detail. He points out that the ground water has decreased drastically due to excessive drilling of borewells, which in turn has led to sea water intrusion. This is a matter of big concern as it is very difficult to reverse this phenomenon. Gilles also discusses various other issues and solutions around water management.

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