Two Day Course on Managed Aquifer Recharge: Methods, Hydrogeological Requirements, Post and Pre-treatment systems

 Anna University

Two Day Course  on 
Managed Aquifer Recharge:
Methods, Hydrogeological 
Requirements, Post and Pre-treatment systems

11th and 12th December 2012

Organised by Department of Geology,  
Anna University, Chennai, India 

in association with  National Institute of Hydrology, Roorkee, India

As an activity under the research project  
“Saph Pani” 
co-funded by the European Commission within the 7th
 framework programme Grant no: 282911

Who should attend? 
This course is suitable fro Ph.D students and young scientists in India working on groundwater management by MAR. Professionals and scientists from water resources departments, water supply  departments, NGO’s, experts from Universities/ colleges/ institutes, private industries and consultants. 

Registration fee:
The registration fee is Rs. 1,000/- which has to be paid as a demand draft payable at “National Institute of Hydrology, Roorkee”. The number of participants is limited to 25. Young researchers/professionals (preferably less than 40 years of age) will be chosen based on their field of research, expertise etc.
No TA/ DA will be paid. The participants are requested to make their own arrangements for boarding and lodging.

Intro :
 Increasing demand for water has resulted into over dependence on groundwater, especially in regions where surface water resources are limited and temporal rainfall is uneven. Exploitation of groundwater for various purposes has resulted in depletion of resources and rapid decline in groundwater table in several parts of the world. In order to balance the overdraft of groundwater, it is necessary to increase the rainfall recharge which will result in increase of groundwater storage and improvement in the water quantity.  
 Managed Aquifer Recharge (MAR) is carried 
out in many parts of the world including India to increase the rainfall recharge and combat with the present water crisis. Implementation of MAR requires knowledge about the location, quantity and quality of water recharged. In urban areas, MAR can provide effective storage for desalinated seawater, recycled water, storm water. Methods of MAR currently include aquifer storage and recovery (ASR), aquifer storage, infiltration ponds, infiltration galleries, soil aquifer treatment, percolation tanks and check dams. 
MAR can be used to address a wide range of water management issues, including, storing water in aquifers for future use, stabilizing or raising groundwater levels where over-exploited, impeding storm runoff and soil erosion, improving water quality and smoothing fluctuations, maintaining environmental flows in streams and rivers, managing saline intrusion or land subsidence, disposal or reuse of waste and storm water.

Saph Pani project :
The Saph Pani (Hindi word meaning potable water) project “Enhancement of natural water systems and treatment methods for safe and sustainable water supply in India” aims to study and improve natural water treatment systems, such as river bank filtration (RBF), MAR and wetlands in India, building local and European expertise in this field.  

 The project aims to enhance water resources and water supply, particularly in water stressed urban and peri urban areas in different parts of the Indian sub-continent. This project is co-funded by the European Union under the Seventh Framework (FP7) scheme of small or medium scale focused research projects for specific cooperation actions (SICA) dedicated to international cooperation partner countries.  

 The objective of this project is to strengthen the scientific understanding of the performancedetermining
processes occurring in the root, soil and aquifer zones. The removal and fate of important water quality parameters, such as pathogenic micro-organisms and faecal indicators, organic chemicals, nutrients and metals will be considered. The hydrological characteristics (infiltration and storage capacity) and the ecosystem functions will also be investigated since they influence the local or regional water resources management strategies (e.g. by providing buffering of seasonal variations in supply and demand). The project focuses on a set of specific case studies in India. These include a range of natural water systems and engineered treatment technologies investigated by different work-packages including RBF, MAR and constructed wetlands. For more info visit 

Themes of the course :

• Geological and hydrogeological aspects of MAR
• Methods  of  MAR and hydrogeological characterisation
• MAR with reclaimed water 
• Pre-treatment and post-treatment for MAR systems 
• Groundwater modelling for assessment of impact of MAR structures 
• MAR practices in India