A new solution for city water: quality drinking water from the river floodplains
Reference: Vikram Soni, Shashank Shekhar*, S. V. N. Rao, Suman Kumar and Diwan Singh, Current Science
Cities world over are facing drinking water problem. The planners are often over emphasizing on sourcing surface water from far off places. This will involve exorbitant cost and many a times diversion of river flow beyond the permissible limit. Obviously such river flow diversions will have adverse ecological consequences. In this context, the article reinvents traditional knowledge with sound scientific rigour. It argues for ecologically sustainable local solutions for meeting drinking water need of cities from flood plain of rivers. A case of river Yamuna in Delhi has been discussed to highlight the potential of flood plain aquifer as a drinking water source
Scaled-up solutions for a future of water scarcity
Reference: Soni, V & Veena, A, 2018, 'Scaled-Up Solutions For A Future Of Water Scarcity', The Hindu
Over 70% of all water sources are now polluted. The article points out how unknown yet unpolluted water sources, such as river floodplains for bulk water and local forests for perennial, healthful natural mineral water can provide for towns and cities - almost for free.
Reference: Veena, A, Soni, V, 2018, 'Rivers, Floodplains, Cities and Farmers', The Hindu
In the article, the authors look at how river floodplains are excellent aquifers and can be used as a local, non-polluting, perennial and non-invasive source of water whilst providing farmers with an assured income.
A new scheme for large-scale natural water storage in the floodplains: the Delhi Yamuna floodplains as a case study'
Reference: Soni, V, Gosain, A.K., P.S., Datta Singh, D, 2009, 'A new scheme for large-scale natural water storage in the floodplains: the Delhi Yamuna floodplains as a case study', Current Science, vol. 96, Issue No. 10
We propose a scheme for the natural storage of monsoon water recharge in the extensive and deep sand layer of the floodplain of the river. A non-invasive scheme for natural recharge and use of the Yamuna floodplains .
Drought in India: Conserving forests, effective use of floodplains can quell water shortage, says Prof Vikram Soni
Reference: Sehgal, R., 2018, 'Drought in India: Conserving forests, effective use of floodplains can quell water shortage, says Prof Vikram Soni', Firstpost
Professor Vikram Soni speaks to Firstpost on a wide range of issues relating to water scarcity, including the need for forests, legislation against desturction and the components of the Palla Water Project.
Tap floodplains to resolve Tamil Nadu water crisis: Expert
Reference: Raguraman, A., 2017, 'Tap floodplains to resolve Tamil Nadu Crisis : Expert', Deccan Herald
Floodplains can be a non-invasive source of water for millions of people. Nearly every city that has a river can take advanateg of this system. It requires that there be in place strong legislation to ensure they are not damaged for purposes such as sand mining.
Reference: Nayar, R. 2016, 'The Yamuna Floodplain : A Hidden Treasure', The Asian Age
The floodplains of the Yamuna or indeed any river are an invaluable source for water extraction and recharge. The condition is that we must maintain our usage within ecological limits. The article also shows how conserved flood plains could supply many millions of people with water and how much better natural ecosystems are to human engineering in this regard.
Reference: Rao, G.V., 2016,'Floodplains are an asset to Amravati : Floodplains', The Hindu
Having carried alluvium soil over the course of millions of years, the floodplains of rivers have become giant reservoirs of water, stored underground. The floodplains by virtue of their size, are capable of quick recharge. Only 2% of the floodplain water should be utilized to stay within ecological limits. Highlights a chess-board plan for a city.
`Delhi Jal Board to store 60MGD water by year-end'
Reference: TNN, 2016, 'Delhi Jal Board to Store 60MGD water by year-end', Times of India
The Palla project on the floodplains of the Yamuna represents the last remaining poolution free water sources in India. On a visit to the site with Delhi officials, Professor Soni said that the appropriate management of this resource could easily be replicated and provide water to about 300 cities in India.
Reference: Express News Service, 'In collission with Nature', 2017, New India Express
Speaking at the MS Swaminathan Research Foundation, Professor Vikram Soni discusses the dangers of sand mining to local ecology as well as the importance of the floodplains. He also touches upon the dangers of viewing desalination as a reliable fix for water scarcity issues.