Category Archives: Water

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

Golden Water Project

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.

Comments: 0 Date: 02 Oct 2012

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

Do you drink Water? Stay Tuned!

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

It is our moment to send the message that we care about it. The simple it is the best she says, now it is just starting a reflection about this that we think as a priority, but soon will be possible a wider dialog that will lead to a connection between all the inhabitants of the region which Auroville belongs to. Working through the consciousness It will be possible to face the situation, so a communication of the magic and sacred world of water it is a way to help awareness to rise in everybody. The way to water is beginning, stay tuned!

Comments: 0 Date: 12 Apr 2012

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

Water? By Gilles Boulicot

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 todays 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.

Gilles Boulicot made researches during ten years about the salinisation of water in Auroville region, a problem that was getting worse year after year. Since 2007, the year he left Harvest to work for CSR, nobody continue this kind of research, so we don't really know about it now. But this is a problem to face otherwise soon will be not anymore good water for Auroville. If we think that the underground water (and the soil too) it is everyday more polluted and at a deeper level (before was over the sea level and now many metres below), we understand how it is important to discuss a strategy to prevent an unbearable situation. '

Comments: 0 Date: 11 Apr 2012
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