Category Archives: Water

Water Consciousness

CIRHU  held a conversation on 'water consciousness' which was chaired by Luigi  and Mr. Bhagwandas (Aqua Dyn Water). Centre for International Research on Human Unity (CIRHU) has initiated several research projects on both environmental and human development and as a part of their weekly programs, a conversation on importance and consciousness on water has been organized at Town Hall. Researchers, students, visitors of Auroville have participated in the conversation and have involved in the discussion on how to improve the mindset of people towards the usage of water. Luigi told the press that debates and talks like these shall improve research on the growth and development of natural and renewable resources like water and thus promote peace and love for human unity. Research debates and conversations shall be held every Thursday at CIRHU, Town Hall, Auroville and students and research scholars are invited to participate in the program and share opinions and thoughts on various approaches for human unity.

Comments: 0 Date: 22 Jul 2016

Our Water, and Rainfall

Recording rainfall has made the community happy since our aqaufiers were already critically low. We have quite a bunch of our members who collect data, and monitor the rainfall. Tom, who works at TDC and CSR shares with us some insight on recently felt rain. Auroville is very diverse not only people but also the types of soil, forest density ... which all together does create a very strong, unique and diverse micro climate. The nature either we want it or not, does have a big word in the equation, and for recent records of rainfall we can be only thankful

Comments: 0 Date: 07 Dec 2015

Feedback from 2 french volunteers

Jean-Sebastien et Vincent sont 2 jeune volontaires qui font leurs etudes a Strasbourg dans l'ingenerie climatique. Ils ont pu partager leur connaissance et travailler au sein d'Auroville Consulting pendant 3 mois. Ecoutons les nous parler de leur experience a Auroville

Comments: 0 Date: 16 Sep 2015

Cyclone Alert

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:

Deep Depression over southwest Bay of Bengal: Cyclone Alert for North Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and adjoining South Andhra Pradesh coasts. The deep depression over southwest Bay of Bengal remained practically stationary and lay centred at 0530 hours IST of today, the 30 th October 2012 over southwest Bay of Bengal near latitude 9.00 N and longitude 82.00 E, about 500 km south-southeast of Chennai and 100 km east-northeast of Trincomalee (SriLanka). The system would intensify further into a cyclonic storm and move northwestwards for some more time and then move northwestwards and cross north Tamil Nadu and adjoining south Andhra Pradesh coast between Nagapattinam and Nellore by 31 st October, 2012 afternoon/evening. Under the influence of this system, rainfall at most places with isolated heavy to very heavy rainfall would occur over coastal Tamil Nadu and Puducherry from tonight onwards. The intensity of rainfall would increase from 30 th October 2012 evening, with scattered heavy to very heavy rainfall and isolated extremely heavy rainfall (25 cm or more). Squally winds speed reaching 45-55 kmph gusting to 65 kmph would prevail along and off north Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and adjoining south Andhra Pradesh coasts during next 12 hours. The wind speed would gradually increase thereafter as the system comes closer to coast. Sea condition will be very rough to high along and off north Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and adjoining south Andhra Pradesh coasts during next 48 hours. Fishermen along north Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and adjoining south Andhra Pradesh coasts are advised not to venture into the sea. The system is under constant surveillance and the concerned state Governments are been alerted. The next bulletin will be issued at 1130 hrs IST of 30 th October, 2012.

Comments: 0 Date: 30 Oct 2012

All For Water For All

Water Festival 2016 was initiated by few NGOs, Government agencies and Educational institutions in Pondicherry and Tamil Nadu which was supported by many forums mainly Auroville, UNESCO, Alliance Francaise and Pondicherry University. A three week program included awareness programs, water camps, signature campaign, dramas and other cultural shows which promote the importance of water. Many school students have participated in the event and the valedictory program was held on 22nd March 2016 at Bharat Nivas, Auroville. Speaking to the participants and the distinguished guests, Dr. Bhanu R. Neupane, Program Specialist at UNESCO said that "Together, we can resolve the water issues and there should be a strategic plan and also a systematic action to counter water challenges". He also later added that, UNESCO would be ready and always be a supporting agency to any water management initiatives. Many dance programs, talks and presentations were organized during the closing program and the Puppet Show was a major highlight to light the minds of many participants in addressing water issues. Interestingly, water from nearby villages and towns of Pondicherry have been collected as a symbol of 'water unity' and 'sustainable usage' Mr. Raghunath, Member of the Pondicherry Science Forum has taken lead in many programs of this festival and it was a grand success.

Comments: 0 Date: 30 Mar 2016

The Auroville Water Challenge Pt2

In the first part of the Water Challenge, we were introduced to the big picture and heard about some of the challenges and possibilities involved in managing our water resources. In the second part of this series, we focus down and look at some of the ways in which Auroville is responding to the challenge. We will hear about the valuable land and canyon work done over the years to harvest water; about the importance and feasibility of recycling waste water; and about an interesting experiment in rainwater catchment in an apartment building. And our presenters are: Kireet - 18 Years of Rain Water Harvesting and Erosion Control Jan - Approach to Sustainable Water Management in Auroville David - H2O - Hydrological Challenge to Conscious Opportunity Please join us for two hours of learning, discovery, and inspiration on and around a topic that we all know demands our attention: Water. The Joy of Learning Team Recorded on September 15th, at 4.30 pm at SAIIER  

Comments: 0 Date: 19 Sep 2015

Varuna- Matrimandir Lake (3 of 3)

Michael Bonke made a presentation on three topics that Varuna Pvt Ltd is looking into. The recordings are divided in three sections according to each topic. Topics: - status of Auroville wind park and Energy-in-Kind scheme - status of the desalination project - status of the research on Matrimandir Lake project - questions and answers

Comments: 0 Date: 08 Sep 2015

David and the Water Goliath

David (Town Planning) and Achva (Landscape design) Stein came to Auroville invited by L'Avenir D'Auroville in 2010 to work on a Greenbelt Master Plan. The plan centers around water sustainability. In this interview you can hear about what has to be done and what is needed. David looks towards the youth of Auroville to take up the challenges of the tasks ahead.

The Auroville Water Challenge Pt1

It is a huge challenge to provide usable water for the world’s population. The United Nations warns that water use worldwide is growing at twice the rate of population growth. Unless this trend is reversed, two-thirds of the global population will face water “stress” by 2025. And India is one of the countries that will be most critically affected. In fact, our bioregion is already severely water-stressed, and Auroville itself has seen its first aquifer almost exhausted and falling water levels and increasing mineralisation in some of the other aquifers, in spite of the important work done by Aurovilians in afforestation and in controlling run-off. What is Auroville doing to respond to this challenge? What are the essential elements of a successful water management plan that will enable us to achieve self-sufficiency in our water supply? The Joy of Learning initiative is planning two sessions to increase the community’s level of ‘water literacy’ and its understanding of this topic. Our presenters are: Tom - 'Why should you care?' Giulio - 'Where is our ground water? A geological overview' Deoyani - 'Protecting and managing our soil for water conservation' --- This session on ‘The Water Challenge’ was recorded on Monday, 31st August, at 4.30 in the SAIIER Conference Hall.

Comments: 0 Date: 16 Sep 2015

Varuna on desalinization (2 of 3)

Michael Bonke of Varuna Pvt Ltd gave a presentation at the Unity Pavilion on Sep. 1st on three topics Varuna is engaged in, we have separated the presentation by each topic.


- status of Auroville wind park and Energy-in-Kind scheme
- status of the desalination project
- status of the research on Matrimandir Lake project
- questions and answers