Pump Priming Project 4: Improving our understanding of the aquifer system in the Sundarbans

Sunderban acqua

Indian Activity Lead Name: 

Dr. Gopal Krishnan

Indian Activity Lead Organization: 

National Institute of Hydrology, Roorkee

UK Activity Lead Name: 

Dr. Andrew McKenzie

UK Activity Lead Organisation: 

British Geological Survey
Indian Activity Co - Lead Name: Dr. Purnabha Dasgupta
Indian Activity Co - Lead Organization: Rajarhat Prasari

The project aims to improve the understanding of the aquifer system in the Sundarbans, by understanding the practicality of artificial aquifer recharge, and its potential contribution to aquifer sustainability. Part of the project’s focus will be on whether there is scope for Aquifer Storage and Recovery, injecting fresh water into the saline shallow aquifer system during monsoon months and recovering it for dry season use. This approach would avoid risks of aquifer degradation or contamination associated with conventional recharge of the freshwater aquifers.

This project is an outcome of IUKWC’s GFES event on "Managing and monitoring agricultural water demand" which took place during Dec 10th-12nd, 2018 at Sandeshkhali block of Sundarbans, West Bengal, India.

Activity Date Calender: 

Wednesday, May 1, 2019 to Saturday, August 31, 2019

Google map location: 

Sandeshkhali_sunderban