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Documenting Key Water Bodies of Hyderabad City and Social Technological Options for Drinking Water Supply

Help scientists understand the relationship between disappearing lakes and changing land use in Hyderabad.


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Why the research is important

Why the research is important

Man-made lakes, locally known as cheruvus or kuntas, provide crucial water for irrigation and drinking.

This project educates people about the significance of lakes in urban areas and to promote conservation of our urban freshwater ecosystems.

It may seem obvious, but it is impossible to overstate the importance of water. Water is the basis of all living ecosystems and is crucial to all of our social and economic activities. The aquatic habitats in urban areas provide a wide range of benefits to cities and citizens, and they also harbor a great diversity of wildlife, such as birds.

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You'll work alongside field scientists to document the status of urban water bodies.

Inadequate protection of the quality and supply of freshwater can limit sustainable development and quality of life in urban areas. In Hyderabad, the groundwater depth during the dry season and during the monsoons, when correlated with rainfall over the past 10 years, reveals that the city is losing its water resources. Conserving lakes and other water sources needs to become part of Hyderabad’s future.

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Hyderabad City, India, Asia

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Poulomi
Banerjee
Senior Fellow, South Asia Consortium for Interdisciplinary Water Resources Studies

ABOUT Poulomi Banerjee

Dr. Banerjee holds a Ph.D. in economic geography from the Centre for the Studies for Regional Development at Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi. Her research focuses on the drivers of sustainability, with an emphasis on issues surrounding social capital, class, caste, and gender associated with the watershed management programs in Western Madhya Pradesh. Prior to joining SaciWATERs, she worked as a researcher in the Water Resource and Policy Division of the Energy and Resources Institute in New Delhi. Currently, she is managing the mapping of the disappearing lakes in Hyderabad and arsenic knowledge networks for SaciWATERs.

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