Planning and Designing Groundwater Recharge Structures for Rural Areas in India

Almost 80 per cent of drinking water supply in India’s rural areas comes from groundwater sources. Since the 1960s, the country has seen numerous programmes for supply of drinking water; the latest programme of these is the Jal Jeevan Mission (JJM), which claims to reach 190 million households. But every new scheme is accompanied by stories of slippages. In all the six programmes that came before JJM, it has been observed that the sources are not protected or recharged; as a result, sustainable and safe supply of water has remained a dream.

The country cannot take the chance of repeating the same mistake – a good understanding of planning and designing of groundwater recharge structures is the need of the hour. Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) has designed a training course that aims to answer this need. We invite applications for our threeday residential training programme on planning and designing of groundwater recharge structures using advanced geospatial tools to make groundwater sources sustainable, with a specific focus on rural areas of India.

CSE, one of the Global South’s leading think tanks on environment and development, has a legacy of over 30 years of work in water and sanitation management in South Asia and Africa. The training programme will leverage CSE’s expertise, experience and content to help participants understand concepts of water conservation and scientific approaches for planning rainwater harvesting and groundwater recharge systems which would augment water sources in rural areas.

Course content

  • State of groundwater management in India – with specific focus on rural areas n Planning of groundwater recharge systems in different hydrogeological regions
  • Mapping of local aquifers using different software tools
  • Introduction to basic concepts of geospatial tools to map potential groundwater recharge zones
  • Designing different groundwater recharge structures in various hydrogeological regions
  • Preparing cost estimates of different types of groundwater recharge structures
  • Monitoring impacts of groundwater recharge systems
  • Field visit


Vivek Kumar Sah
Programme Officer
Water Programme, CSE
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August 21-23, 2024
Last Date to Apply
August 10, 2024
Course fees
Rs 28,000 (single occupancy accommodation)
Rs 25,600 (double occupancy accommodation)

Early bird entries (till July 25, 2024) can avail a discount of 10 per cent. Two or more participants coming from the same organisation can avail a total discount of 20 per cent.
Who would benefit from this training programme
Engineers, architects, planners, researchers, academicians, civil society members and students aspiring to work in the field of environment
Some important pointers
  • Travel cost to Delhi and back will be borne by the participants themselves.
  • CSE will facilitate the travel of participants between Delhi and Nimli. Please note, one way travel between Delhi and AAETI-Nimli may take between 2-3 hours.
  • The training fees includes the cost of training materials, boarding-lodging and a field trip.
  • Participants can arrange for their return tickets at late evening on August 23, 2024.
  • AAETI is a ‘green’ residential training campus. Accommodation and all meals for the participants will be arranged at AAETI. Participants should follow the AAETI rules during their period of training on the campus
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