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The Qinxu Groundwater Management System, masterminded by Professor Fan Guishang from Tanjuan University of Technology University, regulates all groundwater usage in the Qinxu, one of the counties in Shanxi Province in China. Under the system, all 1473 wells in the county have been equipped with  an automatic operating system that farmers operate with individual swipe cards. The amount of water that can be used is based on a quota that is allocated annually.   The system also comprises of 60 solar-powered groundwate... »»

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TheWaterBlog: Roads for Water- A Good Match

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Sand Mining in India: Corruption and Plunder

We mine sand for use in construction, making cosmetics, producing glass, and much more. We mine sand like it is abundant and plentiful. "Far from truth," says researcher Kiran Pereira. And let's not forget sand's crucial role in the ecosystem.

Webinar: Groundwater's Political Black Box

"It's all politics!" is a common refrain. "Politics is a dirty word" is another. But maybe the blackbox of politics can be broken down into nuts and bolts, and used as a tool to do good: to  manage groundwater better.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cactus: The Arid Miracle

Remembering Ahmed Motehar, who pioneered commercial cactus cultivation in Yemen 40 years ago. The idea is now more relevant than ever.

Wash and Hydrogeology: Case for Convergence

Groundwater is key to safe, reliable water supply in many regions of the world. There is a strong case for hydrogeologists and WaSH professionals to work more closely.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Fringe Benefits of Food Aid

Vegetable oil cans labelled 'USA' are residues of food aid that came into Ethiopia for several decades. Local artisans now fashion them into a variety of appliances.