Water Working Group

Objectives

To evolve as a national level think-tank that provides solutions to the multi-faceted challenges on water management and conservation across the country, and impact policy and implementation through networking and outreach activities. Specifically, assist governments, corporates, NGOs and academia by assisting in policies, providing frameworks, guidelines using digital technologies like IoT, data analytics and social platforms

Focus Areas

  • Focus on water quantity and quality, primarily from India’s perspective (water availability and management)
  • Various dimensions of water problem (conservation, scarcity, usage, natural disaster management, watershed management, waste water management and others) will be considered
  • Scale and range (water availability for irrigation to clean drinking water for homes, flood water management to roof top water harvesting, centralised management of delivery in cities to decentralised management of water assets in rural areas, pollution and impact on non-human ecosystem to salinity ingress mitigation and desalination of sea water, current situational challenges to futuristic perspectives)
  • Incorporating the dimension of community involvement in water management and conservation
  • Involving technology such that the value proposition of water can be achieved, reducing non-revenue Water (NRW) challenges, water credits, water seer.
  • Technology Mapping (identification, forecasting), using technology to provide real time visibility and control. Mapping groundwater, aquifer and others for a water inventory. Integrating GIS for water management. Creation of a dynamic hydrological portal for aquifer mapping
  • Identify stakeholders (who are the beneficiaries), cultural changes required for adaption of new technology/policies
  • Efficient use of water (water harvesting, any traditional knowledge related to this, revive relevant practices) - focus on green technologies
  • Revive and revitalise waterbodies and cascading ponds like in Mumbai
  • Strategies for river rejuvenation and river linking (Classical case of Narmada and Sabarmati): options & challenges

Approach

  • Exhaustively identify and document existing and future water-related challenges.
  • Rank the identified challenges based on the urgency and impact, so as to have priorities for action applicable to India, identify key challenges (Criteria based)
  • Based on the identified key challenges, develop holistic, environmentally sustainable, economically viable, technologically feasible and politically expedient solutions, with appropriate mix of centralised and decentralised community-based approaches.
  • Network with government and other key stakeholders, and communicate the findings through appropriate medium 

Deliverables

  • 3 White papers on key water management challenges faced by India and identified solutions.
  • Directory of water experts in the country
  • Repository of online courses, webinars, training institutes for learning
  • 3 workshops on water challenges and its solutions
  • Establish a forum for periodic brainstorming and information sharing
  • Policy briefs

Feeling inspired and want to get involved with the IET Future Tech Panel? Contact Ujani at sectors@theiet.in