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India Water Tool Helps Turn Water Risks to Water Solutions

Blue Raster is pleased to have partnered again with the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) on the third version of the India Water Tool. As much of India faces high to extremely high water stress, it is one of the most water-stressed countries in the world.

The India Water Tool helps users understand their water risks and plan interventions for water management in India. With over 20 datasets and risk indicators from the Government of India and other institutions, the tool helps companies understand water risks for their operations and supply chains. For investors, the tool can help with site selection and investment for new locations. Additionally, users have the ability to input or upload facility-level information and view:

          • Maps of water availability, quality and stress
          • Charts and graphs of current and historic water availability and quality
          • Summary reports of water data for their locations
India Water Tool

India Water Tool

India Water Tool

India Water Tool

 

Design

The Blue Raster design team completely updated the visual identity of the tool, including the color schemes, fonts and icons. Blue Raster’s developers then implemented the design in collaboration with other WBCSD partners. Check out and explore the India Water Tool 3.0 today.

“The tool is an important step towards water management in India. The nationwide analysis it provides allows for a good understanding of local water situations and helps build comprehensive corporate water management strategies and stewardship approaches.

The country needs action at the scale of a movement to help it manage the water stress situation. Bringing granular data on an open access and easy to use platform is an important step in driving such coordinated action. Blue Raster has done a commendable job in making this national tool a great looking and easy to use platform”.

– Deepa Maggo, Manager – Water at the World Business Council for Sustainable Development

India Water Tool Offers Strategies for Water Risk

Companies in India are contending with a growing resource crisis: water shortage. With 54% of the country’s total area facing high to extremely high water stress, India is positioned to become one of the most water-stressed countries in the world.

A combination of water-intensive agriculture, increasing industrialization, and business-as-usual approaches to water management has put the water supply in danger. In a report published by the Water Resources Group, the national supply is predicted to fall 50% below demand by 2030. But companies, government agencies, and other water users have a new tool poised to make a meaningful difference, the India Water Tool 2.0 (IWT 2.0).

India Water Tool

Today marked the launch of version 2 of this comprehensive, publicly available online tool. IWT 2.0 was created in partnership by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), companies, research organizations, and industry associations.


Joppe Cramwinckel
We are proud to have led the development of the India Water Tool. Water is a shared resource with finite volumes, resulting in collective risk. Collaboration is key to developing scalable and impactful solutions and driving their locally-relevant implementation.
-Joppe Cramwinckel, Director, Water, WBCSD


The tool is the most comprehensive freely available resource to help companies, government agencies, and other stakeholders identify their water risks and prioritize water-management sites.

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The web platform incorporates a series of interactive maps including groundwater level, rainfall, surface water availability,  projected water stress, and water quality. Users can upload or enter GPS-based locations and receive custom reports featuring charts and graphs quantifying water-risk metrics. Built using the ArcGIS Desktop, ArcGIS for Server, and ArcGIS JavaScript API, the tool allows companies to answer questions including:

  • How many of my sites are in high stress regions?
  • How many of my sites are in over-exploited or critical areas?
  • What is the net groundwater availability and projected demand for groundwater for my sites?
  • Are any sites in areas where the concentration of pollutants are above permissible limits?

India Water Tool 2.0

The tool also addresses the shared risks between agriculture, industry, and domestic users. For example, of the 632 groundwater quality districts captured in the tool, only 59 meet Indian-government water quality safety standards. This equates to more than 100 million people living in areas of poor water quality. Among the 4,000 wells showing statistically significant trends, 54% have declined in the past seven years, and 16% have dropped over 1 meter per year. The map also shows a widespread pattern of high risk in Northwest India, a region where agriculture is a cornerstone of the economy. Producing 50% of the national government’s rice supply and 85% of its wheat, the area depends heavily on groundwater for  these water intensive crops.

IWT 2.0 is the first step for understanding water-related challenges in India and planning for long-term water management. Check out and explore the India Water Tool 2.0 today.