“Dealing with Maharashtra’s drought, which affects thousands of villages across the state, is a major challenge for the state government. eWater’s SOURCE technology will enable relevant decision-makers to enhance the ability of industry and government to make water management decisions that are cost-effective, transparent, and scientifically defendable,” advised Dr Robert Carr, deputy CEO of eWater, an Australia-wide collaboration effort backed by the Australian government.

Carr, who is on a visit to Mumbai and Pune, says his visit is “an attempt to facilitate the transfer of Australian technology developed to manage river basins to help improve management of water resources in the region”.

This is an initiative under the India-Australia Water Science and Technology Partnership, announced by Australian prime minister Julia Gillard, when she visited India last year, and supported by AusAID, Australia’s development assistance programme.

eWater is a leader in the development and application of software products for integrated water resources and water cycle management. It is a publicly owned not-for-profit partnership that is committed to ecologically sustainable water management in Australia and the world.

In Mumbai, Carr met many water experts including principal secretary, state water supply and sanitation department, Malini Shankar, professors of civil engineering department of IIT Bombay and town planning department of Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority. In Pune on Wednesday, Carr will visit National Water Academy, Central Water and Power Research Station and the Watershed Organisation Trust.

Carr, who has special expertise in real-time warning, planning and operational models for river, water supply and wastewater systems, said: “This technology is Australia’s first truly integrated, river basin-scale water modelling system and was built to meet the myriad climatic, geographic, water policy and governance settings across Australia. Trialled and tested in real-world water management applications and is customisable to meet different planning and management contexts such as are facing India.”

Courtesy: DNA