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Aquifer mapping of about nine lakh sq kms area across the country has been completed and mapping of another nine lakh sq kms will be completed in another three years, said K.C Naik, Chairman of Central Ground Water Board (CGWB).
Talking to The Hitavada, Naik stated, Government has started an ambitious National Project on Aquifer Management (NAQUIM) under national water policy 2012. In the first phase out of 33 lakh sq kms of the country 23 lakh sq kms area has been identified for mapping. Aquifer mapping is a process wherein a combination of geologic, geophysical, hydrologic and chemical field and laboratory analyses are applied to characterize the quantity, quality and sustainability of ground water in aquifers. After the successful completion of aquifer mapping of nine lakh sq kms, now mapping of another nine lakh sq kms in progress, he added. More details can be found here

Inexpensive optical sensor platforms for water quality monitoring in India: Professor of Photonics, Professor Azizur Rahman, and Professor S Asokan of the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, are Principal Investigators on the quest to create innovative low-cost optical sensor platforms for water quality monitoring.
Their project is titled, ‘Innovative low-cost optical sensor platforms for water quality monitoring’, and is the successful outcome of the India-UK Water Quality Programme call for proposals funded by India's Department of Science & Technology (DST), the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and the Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). More details can be found here

Experts from more than 80 countries will assemble to focus on topics such as: technical innovation; hydro potential and development opportunities; financial challenges; cross-border collaboration; the role and benefits of pumped storage; operation, maintenance and safety; climate and environment; and, a wealth of other topics of current interest to the profession. Aqua~Media International is pleased to announce that HYDRO 2018 will take will take place in the elegant city of GDANSK, POLAND at Amber Expo 15-17 October 2018 Organized by: THE INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL ON Hydropowar & Dams. More details can be found here

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Collaborative research between Scotland and India has begun on a major water management project in India, with researchers from the University of Dundee exploring the impact of increasing population and rapid economic development on water resources. More details can be found here

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Amey Pathak, a newly-minted Ph.D. in civil engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay (IITB) under the guidance of Subimal Ghosh, has explored moisture sources of the summer monsoon. It is generally assumed that most of the water comes from the Indian Ocean. But surprisingly, a significant amount of rain over the Ganga basin and northeast India is derived from evaporation of water that’s already on land. More details can be found here

A research project into the impact of rainwater harvesting in India on groundwater quality is among a number of projects set to be delivered within the UK-India Water Quality programme. The work will be led by Dr Alison Parker from Cranfield University and Dr Anupma Sharma from the National Institute of Hydrology, Roorkee, India.It was one several joint UK-India research projects recently announced by UK Science Minister Jo Johnson and Indian Minister of State for Science and Technology Y S Chowdary.The India-UK Water Quality programme aims to support policymakers, water managers, business and local communities to improve India’s water quality. More Details Can be found here