Veena Srinivasan

Veena Srinivasan
Karnataka farmers cope as wells fail
A study looks at how households adapt to slow-moving environmental changes such as groundwater depletion. Posted on 13 Jan, 2020 07:08 PM

Like in many parts of India, Karnataka’s groundwater is a vital source of irrigation water, but has been depleted by a combination of a prolonged, multi-year drought and intensive extraction. Worsening agro-climatic and environmental conditions are threatening the incomes of smallholder farmers and hampering the continued progress in poverty eradication.

An irrigation well at Randullabad, Maharashtra (Image source: India Water Portal on Flickr; Image used for representational purposes only)
Sustainable urban water supply in south India : Desalination, efficiency improvement, or rainwater harvesting?
The authors propose a framework that makes it possible to evaluate a wider range of centralized and decentralized policies for urban water supply than previously considered. Posted on 11 May, 2011 05:26 PM


A hydrologic-economic modeling approach for analysis of urban water supply dynamics in Chennai, India
In this paper, we discuss a challenging water resources problem in a developing world city, Chennai India.
Posted on 11 May, 2011 05:21 PM


The goal is to reconstruct past system behavior and diagnose the causes of a major water crisis.  In order to do this, we develop a hydrologic-engineering-economic model to address the complexity of urban water supply arising from consumers’ dependence on multiple interconnected sources of water. 

Factors determining informal tanker water markets in Chennai - Blog post by Veena Srinivasan
Many developing world cities have seen the emergence of informal markets.
Posted on 11 May, 2011 05:15 PM

 In these, private tanker truck operators transport water extracted from peri-urban wells to urban consumers.  This study adopted a systems modeling approach to analyzing the informal tanker market in India.  The results indicate that the demand for tanker supply was caused by lack of groundwater availability in private wells as well as unreliable piped supply.

An integrated framework for analysis of water supply strategies in a developing city - Chennai (India)
A research paper that addresses the challenge of supplying water to rapidly growing cities in South Asia, using evidence from the water-scarce city of Chennai.
Posted on 15 Oct, 2009 09:16 PM

Veena SrinivasanThis research study, by Veena Srinivasan, addresses the challenge of supplying water to rapidly growing cities in South Asia, using evidence from the water-scarce city of Chennai. Chennai (formerly Madras) is a rapidly growing metropolis of over 6.5 million people, whose infrastructure has not kept pace with its growing demand for water. In the year 2003-2004, Chennai experienced a severe water crisis, the piped supply for the entire city was virtually shut down for a 12-month period. Consumers became dependent on private tanker suppliers trucking in untreated groundwater from peri-urban areas.