Urbanization is a global trend in which urban centers have become hotspots for economic and demographic growth. However, rapid urbanization and population growth threaten the sustainability of natural resources, especially water, due to increasing demands on resources and the subsequent generation of wastewater that is often poorly managed particularly in the developing world. India is the second most populated country in the world with over 1.3 billion people, 377 million people (29%) of which reside in urban areas. As India’s surface water resources are limited and vulnerable to contamination and depletion, there is a high and increasing dependency on groundwater resources. Groundwater is one of the primary sources of urban drinking water in India and particularly of urban areas, as in many parts of the world, but its sustainability depends on effective conservation, protection, and science-based management. In part to engender reliable and sustainable urban water supplies and wastewater management, the Government of India initiated the Smart Cities mission; to date, 33 Smart Cities have been constituted across India.
India, a global leader in groundwater utilization, is facing acute shortages of water in many urban centres due to depletion of resources and groundwater contamination in many parts of the country. To address the many, interlinked challenges facing the sustainability of urban water, an international conference is proposed by MRIIRS jointly with UWE Bristol around World Water Day 2019. This will take place in Faridabad, India. Conference participants will be exposed to and debate up-to-date knowledge about water challenges and water management technologies. The conference will be beneficial to government, communities, NGOs, business and wider interests. The Conference is an initiative of Centre for Advanced Water Technology and Management, MRIIRS along with Biotechnology & Civil Engineering Department of FET and Department of Architecture of FAD.
The workshop will comprise plenary sessions, technical sessions, training courses, excursion tours, and exhibition and other parallel events. Scientific and technical papers are invited on the following subject areas but not limited to:
- Groundwater exploration, assessment, development and management
- Water sanitation and health – challenges and solutions
- Water quality issues and their remediation – As, F, NO3
- Environmental rejuvenation and water harvesting
- Saline water and waste water management
- Managed aquifer recharge – case studies
- Mitigation in the face of changing climate and water resources
- Waste water management and constructed wetlands
- Use of tracer, isotope and other tools for solving waterrelated issues
- Groundwater governance and regulation
- Ground water modelling, RS-GIS – case studies
- Policies for sustainable development of water resources