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.

Rivers, floodplains, cities and farmers

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 .

Research Paper
Govt to harvest floodplain water

Reference: DHNS, 2016, 'Government to Harvest Floodplain Water', Deccan Herald

The Palla floodplains project is shown to be capable of increasing supply of water to Delhi as well as a potential store for emergency storage.

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.

The Yamuna flood plain: A hidden treasure

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.

Floodplains an asset to Amaravati: experts

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.

Delhi government releases plan to tackle water shortage

Reference: Verma, R., 2018, 'Delhi Government Releases Plan to Tackle Water Shortage', Down To Earth

The floodplains are a remarkable source of pollution free water. This article quantifies how the floodplain could be utilized successfully for a host of riverside cities.

60 MGD water to be added

Reference: 2017,'60 MGD Water to be Added', The Hindu

The Delhi Jal Board decided to launch the Palla project flood plain water harvesting project to provide extra water to the city.

In collision with nature

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.

Carelessness of politicians has cost India big time

Reference: Vikram Soni, 06 Apr, 2019, Hindustan Times

In this election parties set out plans to develop India. India needs development, it needs economic growth. But what sort of development what sort of growth, and at what cost?