Monday, August 12, 2013

Water budgeting at Koratty

Hirran Unnikrishnan in the Deccan Chronicle (India): The Centre for Sustainable Water Technology and Management at the SCMS College of Engineering and Technology, in association with the Koratty grama panchayat, has initiated a unique research programme into developing region-specific water budget models. Designed as a climate change adaptation technique, it envisages comprehending the water table and reviving the network of water wells to benefit the local communities.

It starts with assessing the changes in the groundwater table through open-well recharge using rainwater and co-relating it with the quantity of local rainfall. Based on the information and projections, a local water security plan can be formulated ’’, said C.Sunny George, who is leading the study.

The policy will help the local administrative bodies ensure that more water enters while less water leaves the  groundwater system in their respective areas’’, he added.

In addition to policy formulation, the study also plans to form an expert team on water resources rejuvenation by imparting training on creating new freshwater zones and additional conservation techniques.

A street scene in Koratty, shot by Manojk, Wikimedia Commons, under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license

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