Category Archives: Water
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.
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
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
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.
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.
It is a huge challenge to provide usable water for the worlds 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 communitys 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.
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
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
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
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: http://www.imd.gov.in/section/nhac/dynamic/cwind.pdf