The Springs initiative is a network of organisations working on revival and conservation of Springs by understanding the geo-hydrology and looking at Springs as ground water. The initiative is supported by Arghyam and Technical support by ACWADAM.
The first four days of the meet was to disseminate or share the knowledge vested with each partner to the other partners. The four day programme had various sessions facilitated by various organisations.
ACWADAM– Himanshu and Kausthubh trained the participants on Geology and understanding the various rock types and their structures.
Keystone Foundation and Grampari (Representing Western Ghats) – Gokul, Selvi and Jared Presented about the Importance of looking at the Spring and the ecosystem around the Springs and its catchment. Selvi presented the case study from Keystone about the ecological restoration done in the Happy valley Spring Shed.
Vishaka Jilla Nava Nirmana Samithi (Representing Eastern Ghats) – Siva and Rao presented their work on gravity fed water supply system (GFWSS) and slow sand filters in the Eastern Ghats.
People Science Institute – Ankit presented about the various quality parameters and their affects on human health.
Himalaya Seva Sangh (Himalayan Range) – Manoj spoke about the Himalayan springs and the pressure and exploitation due to various factors affecting the ground water.
CHIRAG – Chirag hosted the event and also shared their knowledge on Springs.
Transerve Technology – ODK App for Springs data collection.
India Water Portal and Hindi Water portal – The 2 media partners documented the whole event and made a few movies on the field.
The first day in the field, we spent time in one of the working areas of CHIRAG where we were divided into groups to put theory into practice. The groups mapped the geology, rock types, dip direction, slope aspect and spring type. We were also able to talk to the villagers in Kulgaud. The women were explaining the rock types and the importance to understand the geology of the area before doing interventions. They also explained about how the community took efforts to convince the neighbourhood village for doing recharge interventions as the recharge area of Kulgaud spring was in the village upstream and on the other flank of the valley. The spring type was identified by the participants and data was collected on springs, discharge and quality. The Application was tried in the field and feedbacks for development were given.
The Fourth Day ended with an Advocacy Workshop with the Uttarakhand government. The Meghalaya and Sikkim Government attended the workshop and spoke about the springs in Sikkim and Meghalaya and the importance of springs conservation with a scientific approach.
After the Training of Trainers, the partners met to discuss about the plans by each partners for the next quarter. Keystone Foundation presented the vision statement for the Springs Initiative. It will go through a few changes as suggested by the partners. Keystone will also be doing a research on “The Economic of Supplying Drinking Water to Off-grid Habitations”. Keystone also committed to take up the Research on water and sanitation by roping in other partners from the network.
A group from the TOT will go to Meghalaya by the end of July or the beginning of August to train the Meghalaya government on various specialised aspects.
The 4th Springs partners meet was proposed to be held at Keystone Foundation.