Strategic water management needed
Within the "Smart Water Future India" project (2017–2019), funded by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Nuclear Safety and Consumer Protection (BMUV), we assessed the water management situation in the South Indian city of Coimbatore, on which basis we derived recommendations for decision-makers in the city. Together with the local stakeholders, we developed a concept to foster and deepen the Indo-German cooperation on water – the Water Innovation Hubs.
At the same time, we conducted a feasibility study on joint water projects with the City of Solapur in Maharashtra. The study was conducted on behalf of Umwelttechnik BW who support the state partnership between Baden-Württemberg and Maharashtra.
Workshops were organized in both cities to discuss the challenges for water supply and sanitation. One result of this was that a strategic approach has been lacking so far, but that data is needed for this, which is not always available.
Pilots for successful Water Innovation Hubs
In Germany, the IGB also participated in the Regional Forum India of the German Water Partnership initiative and networked with companies that are already active in the field of water management in India or want to get involved in the future. In the currently running AQUA-Hub project (BMUV, 2020–2023), Water Innovation Hubs are now being piloted in the two cities of Coimbatore and Solapur, where German technology is being used to monitor water quality and quantity. These examples show how Indo-German cooperation benefits both sides. In September 2022, Umwelttechnik BW and IGB organized a delegation visit to Solapur where the first results could already be presented.