Australia and India partner to address India’s water challenges | Western Sydney UniversityCollaboration in water research, training and educa...

Australia and India partner to address India’s water challenges | Western Sydney UniversityCollaboration in water research, training and educa...Australia and India partner to address India’s water challenges | Western Sydney University

Collaboration in water research, training and education between Australia and India is growing rapidly through new initiatives supported by the Ministry of Jal Shakti, the Australian Water Partnership, Western Sydney University and the Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati to address the sustainable management of water – a pressing challenge for both countries and the world.

These partners launched an innovative mobile app called ‘MyWell’ to support farmers and villagers with monitoring and visualisation of groundwater, surface water, rainfall and water quality. The app also allows users to check dam water levels remotely.

The app will be used by villagers trained to manage their groundwater resources. These citizen scientists, called Bhujal Janakaar – “BJs’’ – are part of the ‘Managing Aquifer Recharge and Sustaining Groundwater Use through Village-level Intervention’ (MARVI) project. The app will help BJs and ordinary citizens to make sense of what is happening to water availability in their villages.