India gets First Digital Water Data Bank to aggregate water resources under a platform

With the escalating water crisis in the world along with changing global temperature, an innovative initiative has taken place in India that is aimed at managing the current state of affairs.

India’s first-ever digital water data bank ‘AQVERIUM’ was inaugurated in Bengaluru by the IT Minister for Karnataka Dr CN Ashwath Narayan. The initiative has been undertaken by AquaKraft Ventures, a company that expertise in sustainable initiatives to provide drinking water and sanitation to all.

Viewing this initiative to be a unicorn of sustainability and impact, the digital water bank is an upcoming initiative globally.

Know about ‘Digital Water Data Bank’

Digital Water Data Bank can be understood as a curated list of ‘Water Data’ from all institutions and sources that will further aid in tackling some common development challenges.

The digital water data bank also provides insights and evidence from research and analytics thereby providing fundamental reliable information for tackling water pollution.

Data, in any field, facilitates building a broader picture that further enables us to harness the best evidence and make informed decisions. When it comes to making a water-secure world, data-driven decisions can greatly improve service delivery, sustain water resources and build resilience.

Karnataka’s Digital Water Data Bank

While launching the digital startup placed in Bengaluru, the IT Minister of Karnataka C N Ashwath Narayan said, “This is a unique innovation combining sustainable and green technologies along with information technology, skill development and entrepreneurship.”

He also called upon startups to have a holistic approach towards finding a solution to a crisis that stares not only at India but also the world.

The Founder, Chairman and CEO of AquaKraft Group Ventures added that the company offers a unique social franchising model to create ‘water entrepreneurs’ with an objective to make India ‘Water Positive’ by 2030.

A glance at the Water crisis

According to World Bank, India is one of the world’s most stressed countries and there are various factors contributing towards it:

Competition over water resources
Climate Change
Unsustainable Water Management Systems

It has been predicted that 60% of districts in India are likely to reach the critical level of groundwater depletion over the next 20 years.

Dating back to the year 2018, when Cape Town made headlines as the world’s first major city to approach ‘Day Zero’ when the city would run out of water. Shortly after this, in 2018, Himachal Pradesh’s summer capital Shimla experienced an acute water crisis. A crisis in the city was brought by a series of events including, how demand soared in the summer months; the old water infrastructure was losing around half the water supply to leakages and unauthorized siphoning.

On the flip side, unprecedented floods ravaged Kerela over the past few years. It is worth mentioning that India as a whole is not a water-scarce country. But the availability of water per person has fallen from 4,000 cubic meters in 1950 to around 1,000 cubic meters in 2019.

Thus, an overview of the situation makes it essential to find ways to conserve water and sustain it for a country that is declared ‘water-stressed’.

Accurate Data can help India

Water Crises is not as much of a problem as ‘Water Management Crisis’. The key to managing water efficiently is having accurate, real-time data. Measuring can aid in managing. From looking at how much water the country has, to where it has, when it has and how this water is being used, is the only way various sectors could pursue the demand and harness water from every possible source. Accordingly, this way, a roadmap will be made for judicious use.

With the inauguration of the first digital data bank in India, AI will aid in putting voluminous data for better understanding.