Planning and Designing of Groundwater recharge and rainwater harvesting systems using advanced tools Under Jal Jeevan Mission

June 26 - 28, 2023

A 3-day residential training on “Planning and Designing of Groundwater recharge, and rainwater harvesting systems using advanced tools with a specific focus on drinking water source sustainability” was organized at Anil Agarwal Environmental Training Institute (AAETI) under Jal Jeevan Mission (JJM) by the Water Program Unit of Centre for Science and Environment from June 26-28, 2023. The training program was tailor made for Level 2 officials working in Rural Water Supply and implementing Jal Jeevan Mission program in the different states. The participants were from different designations such as, Superintending Engineer, Executive Engineers, Assistant Engineers, Geologist and Junior Engineers etc.

The objective of the training was to provide in depth knowledge and insight of the concepts, activities and technologies to recharge the sources of water supply to maintain their longevity and sustainability. The design of the training program included the topics of groundwater hydrogeology, groundwater recharge techniques, use of traditional water harvesting structures, use of GIS tools for locating and mapping of resources, participation of community for operation and maintenance. A field visit was planned to understand sustainable model for Groundwater Recharge & Water Conservation with community interaction.

On the first day of the training program, the topics covered were on application of Geographic Information System (GIS) tools in locating and planning of groundwater recharge structures, Rainwater Harvesting structures for making the source sustainable from the experts working in academic at national and international level. The lecture was supported by group activities and hand hold exercises

Second day of the training was organized for field visit to a village Neemli, which is situated in the Tijara block of Alwar District, Rajasthan. The field exposure was planned in a way so that the training participants get an exposure to recharge structures, their construction and operation and impact too. This was followed by interaction of the participants with the beneficiary communities to understand their perspective and role in operation and maintenance of the rain water harvesting and recharge systems. The participants were very excited and happy to meet the village community and water user groups, who explained their mechanism of operation and maintenance of the recharge structures. The training on second day also included the topics of sensitization for community participation for ensuring operation and maintenance of water supply systems - experts from fields shared their insights and experiences about their strategies and planning of community participation

On the third day the topics covered were: groundwater, hydrogeology, including the recharge options for groundwater recharge to achieve the source sustainability, decision matrix for source recharge and watershed management techniques.

Finally the training concluded with distribution of certificates to all the participants and getting their feedback.

The participants were very positive about the training and overall arrangements in the green campus of AAETI and provided good feedback. They expect more such trainings to be organized so that regular orientation and support can help in maintaining the pace of Jal Jeevan Mission’s objectives. Finally the training concluded with distribution of certificates to all the participants and getting their feedback.



Feedback and Suggestions
The training program was very nice and useful for us. Duration of the training program at least 5 days.
Ganga Ram Mourya, Executive Engineer, Rajasthan
The training fulfilled my expectations
Hariman Meena, Assistant Engineer, Rajasthan
Our expectations were fulfilled, but the training program should stretch 5 to 6 days for understand deeply.
Jagadish T, Junior Engineer, Karnataka
The training program is too short especially for GIS Part, it should be at least 5 days and the training should vary from 7-10 days.
Om Prakash, Junior Engineer, Himachal Pradesh
GIS will be very helpful for pre-visit, during visit and post visit. The training should be extend to 5-6 days.
Sakshi Shrimali, Junior Engineer, Rajasthan