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Design and optimization of drinking water supply utility to meet Jal Jeevan Mission for empowering rural areas.

Speaker: Dr. Sachin Shende


Potable water is essential for human consumption and socio-economic development. As stated in Agenda 21, UNCED, ‘An estimated 80% of all diseases and over one-third of deaths in developing countries are caused by the consumption of contaminated water and on average as much as one-tenth of each person’s productive time is sacrificed to water-related diseases’. Drinking water supply in rural areas is mainly dependent on groundwater, which is increasingly under stress from rapid population growth, urbanization, and high demand from various other sectors, viz. irrigation and industrial purposes. There is therefore an urgent need, and a transformative opportunity, to develop and exploit major advances in scientific understanding (including in the social and environmental sciences), multidisciplinary systems thinking, technological innovation, and engineering. This will help to adapt and augment the national economic infrastructure in a way that safeguards and enhances its multiple benefits concerning economic growth, extreme event resilience, social wellbeing, and environmental sustainability. In this seminar, the main focus is to (a) demonstrate a riverbank filtration technique with a simplified analytical approach (b) application of design proposal for fulfilling quantity and quality of drinking water to the cluster of villages (c) robust design optimization strategy to save water supply network costs. This technological intervention to treat water to make it potable is necessary to meet the sustainable goal of the Jal Jeevan Mission so that it may be implemented with speed and scale.


Bio of Speaker

Dr. Sachin Shende is currently working as a research analyst at the Land Surveying and GeoInformatics Department of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. He was also working with the Water and Power Consultancy Services (WAPCOS, PSU under the Ministry of Jal Shakti, New Delhi) for about 7 years in the planning and design of water resources projects. Sachin was recently awarded a Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong. He was earlier awarded a Government of India, Ministry of Human Resources Development (MHRD) scholarship to study the management of water resources at the Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee. He was a part of numerous national and international projects to address water and power sector issues. He has published /presented papers in several national and international journals/conferences. His specialization is in water resources and he is particularly interested in the hydraulic aspects of drinking water.


Event Date: 
Tuesday, 20 October 2020 - 5:30pm