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INREM Foundation and The Fluoride Network have worked in Chikkaballapur extensively, to battle the problem of fluoride contamination in groundwater.

Chikkaballapur is a district in the state of Karnataka, just north of the capital Bengaluru. A peri-urban area that was once an agricultural centre for this region, today Chikkaballapur is facing a unique problem. 

Decreasing rainfall has meant increasing periods of drought for this area, which in turn has caused residents to dig deeper and deeper in search of water. In this pursuit for groundwater, they have found water… but it is contaminated with fluoride.

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Datameet and Centre for Internet and Society have released a prototype web app that allows users to access daily rainfall data from Jan 1981 till Dec 2017 for a watershed of their interest.

Understanding water in all its forms in every part of the water cycle is vital to ensuring its sustainable and equitable management. Whether there is a scarcity of water or an excess of it, knowing precisely the quantum of water, whether underground in aquifers, embedded in the soil as soil moisture or in numerous lakes, reservoirs and rivers is vital. Knowing where and to what degree water is consumed, in agriculture or water thirsty cities and industries is equally essential to encourage judicious use of the resource.

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A paper by Datameet and CIS for information on openly available water data. We hope this will open up a conversation around these datasets and help improve the quality of debate around water data.

The paper seeks to take one step forward in the direction of better water data, by highlighting currently available data relevant to water resources management, generated from remote sensing sources, government, citizens and other relevant global meteorological data. The idea for this paper arose from a need that was felt for strategies to address the lack of easily accessible open data in the water sector. The government at different levels effectively operates as the monopoly in monitoring the status of water resources in the country.

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December 14, 2016 9:30AM

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Course Objectives:

At the completion of the training programme, the participants would be able to

October 28, 2015 9:00AM - October 30, 2015 6:00PM
October 27, 2015 6:00PM

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The primary objective of this short term training program is to provide college teachers and professional engineers with a comprehensive understanding of GIS techniques relevant for studies related to water resources assessment. The participants will gain in-depth knowledge of working with open source GIS (Quantum GIS) and the watershed model Soil and Water Assessment Tool (SWAT) through several hands-on sessions following theoretical overview.

January 4, 2016 9:00AM - January 9, 2016 5:00PM
November 20, 2015 5:00PM

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Using computer simulation, Keystone Foundation demonstrates the impact of domestic use, tourism, plantation and farming on the water situation in Coonoor in the Nilgiris.

The Nilgiris have undergone an incredible amount of change in the last 10 years. Coonoor, an area well endowed with natural resources, is the second largest tourist destination here. However, over the last year (2012-13), the town has been reeling under a water crisis [1]. The drying up of local water sources has meant that water supply has been erratic [3] and people have had to depend on purchasing water through tankers and tapping springs and open wells.

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