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Water and Climate

Aquifer characterization, artificial recharge and reuse of suddenly available water in South Bihar

Project Code: WAC/2018/211
Budget:
A$153,200
Research Program Manager: Dr Robyn Johnston
Project Leader: Dr Prabhakar Sharma, Nalanda University
Duration:
FEB 2019
2020
JUN 2020
Project Status: Legally Committed/Active

Overview

This pilot project will deliver a demand-driven convergent water solution for suddenly available water.

An indigenous aquifer storage and recovery (ASR) technology, such as the Bhungroo®, will be optimized for use in the context of South Bihar. The convergent water solution will primarily address the irrigation needs of an agrarian community but can also provide drinking water security with appropriate safeguards.

A model for implementation, including awareness, local capacity and chain of facilities, would be available in a manual to ensure sustainability of the technology and wider adoption in the region in areas with similar hydrological characteristics. Specific add-ons, such as solar pumps, filtration devices, flow meters, etc. may be integrated as per need.

This project is part of the DFAT/ACIAR-funded Sustainable Development Investment Portfolio (SDIP) program.

Expected outcomes

  • Greater understanding of the rate of infiltration, quantity of storage/recovery and transmissivity processes of contamination associated with aquifer storage and recovery (ASR)
  • Assessing the effectiveness of the Bhungroo® (as part of ASR) technologies for conjunctive use in the agriculture sector in South Bihar.
  • Delivering a comprehensive aquifer map for recharge and estimation of the potential injection of surface water into the selected aquifer.
  • Addressing the irrigation needs of an agrarian community but can also provide drinking water security with appropriate safeguards.
  • Providing a model for implementation, including awareness, local capacity and chain of facilities, in the form of a manual, to ensure sustainability of the technology and wider adoption in the region in areas with similar hydrological characteristics.