Another great feature of Helpusgreen products is that they use recycled packaging, made from discarded cartons from a liquor factory in Kanpur.

Additionally, because they know people usually don’t throw away packets that have pictures of gods and goddesses on them, Ankit and Karan pack the havan/yajna items in seed paper that is embedded with tulsi seeds. Currently, they are exporting most of their products to Switzerland and Germany….

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Delhi Water Supply Growing

Hey eighth graders, as you know from my advisory water presentation, Delhi doesn’t just have a problem with water pollution, it has had big problems finding enough water for all its residents. But a report in today’s issue of The Hindu says there has been some important progress made, especially on the supply side this year. It’s definitely worth reading.

The Aam Admi Party made water supply one of it’s central campaign issues last year. Though they haven’t met all their goals–a major sewer expansion project is running behind schedule, for example–here are a few of the things that have happened:

  1. Over 200 colonies and the sub-city of Dwarka now received piped water for the first time. That represents a lot of people–Dwarka alone is home to over a million. This means fewer bore wells and tanker trucks. (I’ve seen pipes are being laid all month in the streets around the Deepalaya Community Library.)
  2. Three new water treatment plants have increased the quality of piped water.
  3. Delhi’s overall water supply has seen a significant increase. (The Delhi Government can’t claim credit full for this, because it was partly due to a High Court Decision that gave Delhi rights to more water from Haryana.)
  4. The government has kept it’s promise to give free water to  of households that use less than 20,000 liters per month. In the first five months of the plan, over 600,000 people benefited from it, and that number is growing. Many thought this subsidy would be too expensive for the government to manage. But more efficient meters and collection from those who use a lot of water seems to have balanced things out. The plan also encourages conservation, because households that use more than 20,000 liters have to pay for the full amount.

Do check out the article if you are writing about water. There is clearly a lot of work left to be done, but it’s good to see some measurable progress.