IMPACT OF RAINWATER HARVESTING ON GROUNDWATER QUALITY IN INDIA

WITH SPECIFIC REFERENCE TO FLUORIDE AND MICROPOLLUTANTS

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The aim of the project is to assess the impact of rainwater used for MAR on groundwater quality and more specifically understand how DOM present in rainwater affects fluoride and other pollutant levels, thereby improving MAR structure design and management practices in selected sites of Rajasthan, India.

The project is a Water Quality Research Program sponsored by DST-NERC under the Newton Bhabha Fund.

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Project Structure

WP1:Field Surveys & Investigations

Field Surveys & Investigations to gain an understanding of fundamental geological and hydrogeological parameters and water quality

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WP2: Laboratory Experiments & Analysis

Laboratory Experiments to analyse water and soil samples from the field sites and characterisation of dissolved organic matter

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WP3: Simulation of Pollutant Transport

Simulation of Pollutant Transport to predict groundwater quality under variable forcing factors such as rainfall rates and land use patterns

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WP4: Research Impact and Knowledge Dissemination

Research Impact and Knowledge Dissemination that will include dissemination of findings at both global and local level. Recommendations would be generated for management of groundwater levels at a local level. Further, guidelines would be created regarding engineering design parameters of MAR structures which maximise water quality

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