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News | Two clever solutions that counter water scarcity

Bosch India is raising awareness and actively addressing the issue

India’s population of 1.3 billion continues to grow. According to UN forecasts, the emerging country will be home to more than 1.7 billion people by 2060. Sustained population growth means that India will be facing several infrastructural challenges, for instance in the realm of water supply. Most of India’s groundwater is used for agriculture, according to United Nations estimates. As a result, many wells and reservoirs run dry during the dry season.

The dam "Lakshmanpada"

To provide more people with clean drinking water and strengthen agricultural activity, the Bosch Nashik location has built a dam for land cultivation in the plant’s surrounding region. Despite difficult weather conditions and the absence of an access road, the team successfully completed the “Lakshmanpada” project within twelve weeks. The dam can store some 400 million liters of water and thus provide 198 households from five villages with access to clean drinking water. It also enables about 60 percent of farmers to cultivate a second crop, such as wheat. Moreover, the rise in groundwater levels could be of benefit for eight natural springs and four hand pumps.

Raising public awareness

The village of Ramanagara in the southern Indian state of Karnataka has been facing severe water scarcity for many years. For this reason, in 2017 the district authorities and the Bosch India Foundation initiated several measures to improve access to clean drinking water. So far, the team has managed to de-silt three lakes, install eight water purification plants, and plant 20,000 seedlings to limit further erosion and conserve water more efficiently. Not only did local farmers and citizens take part in the initiative, they also learned about water resource management thanks to the supporting awareness-raising campaign. The foundation also taught the community how to monitor the measures themselves to maintain the water supply in the future.

The successful water resource management of Ramanagara

More information on the activities of regional Bosch foundations can be found here.