CASE STUDIES AND SUCCESS STORIES
Bio-remediation of Radhe Shyam Kund, Mathura through Innovative Phyco Remediation Technology
This case study has been prepared by our network partner- JS Water Energy Life Co. Pvt. Ltd.
Background: Following is the success story of Bio-remediation of two ponds namely the Radhey Kund and the Shyam Kund. Located in holy town of Mathura situated in the state of Uttar Pradesh, the two kunds have a great religious value and sentiments attached to them. However, it was observed that the Kunds were inundated with general waste dumped into it from its surroundings. There were floating algal mats had marred the lakes and dead fishes and turtles became a common sight. The waste was putrefying and a strong foul smell emanated from the drain. With funding from Mathura Vrindavan Development Authority, J S Water Energy Life Co Pvt Ltd has successfully implementing the Quick Bioremediation Project at Radha-Shyam Kund. Bio-fences using Moringa seeds and Nano-nutrient product ‘Aquaritin’ which is manufactured by the company.
Case Study of Gundar Basin, Tamil Nadu
The following case study has been prepared by one of our network partners – Dhan Foundation
Background: The Gundar is one of the dry basins with acute shortage of water for irrigation and domestic needs. Being part of rain shadow region, the rainfall pattern and farm production is almost uncertain and making the farmers life miserable. The drought in the year 2016 was a worst nightmare for the farmers in the region. After the year 1876, the state of Tamil Nadu received the lowest rainfall in 2016. Many of the tanks did not receive sufficient water. In Gundar Basin, the sluices were kept closed, since many of the tanks did not receive water to level of sluice gate. DHAN Foundation facilitated the tank renovation through the association in the financial year 2011-2012. Prosopis on 16643 sq.m of area was removed and the water spread are of the tank was deepened. 2349 cu.m of earth was removed and deposited on the tank bund. The total estimate of the work was Rs. 1.289 lakhs and community has contributed twelve thousand towards the work implementation. Hindustan Unilever Foundation provided 90% of fund for the renovation.The remaining 10% was contributed by the community.
Case Studies on Water Saving and Water HarvestingTechnologies Adopted in Selected Villages of Jharkhand
India Water Partnership with support of its one of the network partners; Action for Food Production (AFPRO) undertook a study on” Sustainable Water Resources Management approaches to effectively address adaptation to Climate Change in villages of Jharkhand” in 2011 and prepared 11 case studies on “Water Savings and Water Harvesting Technologies adopted in Selected Villages of Jharkhand”.
Proper water resources management in a sustainable manner is one of the most crucial issues for achieving food security. This is more important as climate change is posing to be a major threat to hydrological regimes and available freshwater resources, which will impact both rain-fed and irrigated agriculture. Thus, water use efficiency is necessary for ensuring agricultural sustainability in the future. Despite huge investments by the Government in the water sector, efficient water resource management at the community level is still a challenge. In this situation, region-specific water-saving technologies need to be promoted for the judicious use of water resources.
In many parts of the country, communities have developed low-cost water-saving technologies for irrigation and water conservation. These techniques are based on the local requirement and replicable in similar agro-climatic regions.
Jharkhand is most vulnerable to climatic variations because of the heavy reliance on rain-fed agriculture, the poor level of water control, and the poor replenishment of reservoirs. In such a situation, water for irrigation, as well as drinking purposes, requires to be managed efficiently.
These low-cost techniques are efficient and have great potential for wider replication, where water resources are limited and agriculture is predominantly rain-fed.
Case Studies on Integrated Domestic Water Management
When dealing with water security it is essential to look at all aspects of water ranging from the source, use through disposal i.e. the entire life cycle of water. Integrated Domestic Water Management (IDWM) aims at providing safe, sustainable water for all in a village. It lays emphasis on community-owned, managed systems with appropriate institutional mechanisms to ensure inclusion and equity. The idea is to manage water locally, by closing the water loop and thereby reducing vulnerability. Key principles are integration and convergence. Integrated Domestic Water Management respects and works towards establishing the linkages between, Water resources, Water supply systems and infrastructure, access to water and its usage, Water Quality Sanitation [treatment and safe disposal or reuse of wastewater] within a village system. This departs from the traditional liner view we adopt while dealing with water.
India Water Partnership with support of its one of the network partners; Development Alternatives undertook a study on” INTEGRATED DOMESTIC WATER MANAGEMENT Compendium of Case Studies in December 2010.
Case Studies on Integrated Urban Water Management
The Integrated Urban Water Management (IUWM) Planning and Implementation is an initiative of India Water Partnership (IWP) and ICLEI South Asia, supported by Global Water Partnership (GWP), to strengthen the integrated urban water management approach in the cities of Rajasthan. The project’s objective is to build the capacity of urban local bodies
to undertake water sector reforms, for closing the urban water loop by understanding the IUWM principles and approaches.
This document provides the details of a few of the best case studies that were implemented in Indian cities by the government and private organizations, taking into account the principles and approaches of integrated urban water management at various levels. These case studies will be useful for municipalities, practitioners, and researchers to understand the broad approaches of IUWM and its methodologies to streamline the present water management practices.