The experts, who participated at the roundtable, called for exploring multiple approaches to water quality monitoring and setting standards for the country to follow. A national water quality monitoring protocol, they felt, could be one of the ways to guide institutions on how to increase efficiency and accuracy of monitoring.
The experts also recommended developing a Water Quality Report, which can be a reference document for policymakers as well as those working in this domain. It was suggested that documentation of good practices can convince government about the transformation that can be brought.
The experts also proposed creation of a network of hydrologists, doctors, technology people and social entrepreneurs who would collaboratively look at every component of water monitoring.
This roundtable, hosted by the Tata Centre for Development at UChicago in collaboration with International Innovation Corps, will deliberate on a wide range of issues related to water quality monitoring. Researchers, policy advocates, and on-the-ground practitioners will come together to discuss how to create actionable data on water pollution, influence policy, and boost India’s potential to fight pollution in its rivers.
At a time when there is an enormous need for monitoring and mapping water quality at high spatial and temporal resolution, this roundtable gives a platform to discuss the future of gathering and disseminating water quality data. The roundtable will also explore opportunities to collaborate on creating a common platform to address water quality challenges.
Registration for this event is by invite only.
Friday, January 11, 2019
Welcome Address: Dr. Leni Chaudhuri, Country Director, Tata Centre for Development, UChicago
Water-to-Cloud Program: Prof Supratik Guha, Institute for Molecular Engineering, University of Chicago
Roundtable: Participant Introduction
Session I: Making Data Actionable
Session II: Making Cross-Sectoral Linkages
Closing Remarks: Shriya Sethi, Associate Director, Projects, International Innovation Corps, UChicago
Supratik GuhaProfessor at Institute for Molecular Engineering, University of Chicago
Jagdish Kumar BassinChief Scientist & Head, CSIR-NEERI
Pawan LabhasetwarHead of Water Technology & Management, CSIR-NEERI
Raman VRHead of Policy, WaterAid
Sanjib PohitProfessor, NCAER
Mriganka SaxenaSenior Consultant, Delhi Jal Board
Kavita ShahDean, Institute of Environment & Sustainable Development (IESD) at BHU
Sukanya RandhawaAI researcher at IBM and co-creator of GangaWatch App
Samuel RajkumarFoundation for Environmental Monitoring
Sumit GautamSenior Programme Lead, CEEW
Devin MillerCo-Founder & CTO at NextDrop Technologies
Samrat BasakDirector – Urban Water, World Resources Institute
Nalin PatelWaterscope, Cambridge University
VidyarthiCentral Pollution Control Board
Smita RakeshTata Trust & Social Alpha