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Water, a Matter of Life and Health: Water Supply and Sanitation in Village India

Maggie Black (Author) Rupert Talbot (Author)
Synopsis At a time when India faces serious problems of freshwater scarcity, groundwater depletion, and environmental pollution, there is much to be learnt from current and past experiences. This book examines critically what has been done and needs to be done to fulfill the promise of `drinking water and sanitation for all'. The central theme is Unicef's 35-year programme of support to rural water supplies in India--the largest and longest in the organization's history-- which has helped bring water and sanitation to millions of villagers. However, as water tables drop and contamination mounts, serious difficulties persist. How will Indian villages cope? This book explores community-led, NGO and government approaches alike. From the Rajasthani farmer facing the fifth successive year of drought, to the sanitation mistri in West Bengal, to the Mysore school children chanting safe water messages, this is an account which brings to life India's perennial problems with water and health, asking how--and whether--they can be solved. This interdisciplinary and topical book echoes environmental thinking in India and will appeal to environmentalists, public health specialists, water activists and development practitioners.
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About the authors

Maggie Black

Maggie Black is a writer and editor on international development issues, including water resources management and public health, She has written extensively on water and sanitation for UNICEF, is the author of reports for WaterAid, the water and sanitation Project of the World Bank/ UNDP, the Global Water Partnership and the EC. She is also the author of water, Life Force, a lavishly illustrated celebration of water, published by New Internationalist Publications. A book on the drinking water crisis in India’s villages, Water: A Matter of Life and Health, will be published by OUP, Delhi in late 2004. Her visits to the Narmada Valley in India where large dams are being actively opposed, subsequently the subject of New Internationalist issue no.336, 2001, helped to inspire an earlier title in this series, The No-Nonsense Guide to International Development.

Rupert Talbot

Rupert Talbot has spent over thirty years with Unicef's Water and Environmental Sanitation Programmes in Ethiopia, Sri Lanka, and India where he began his career as a drilling engineer in 1970 and was Chief of Unicef's Water and Environmental Sanitation Programme, 1993-2001.

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Bibliographic information

Title Water, a Matter of Life and Health: Water Supply and Sanitation in Village India
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2005
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 0195669312
length xx+262p., Maps; 23cm.