Participatory Groundwater Management Program

The program supported by Arghyam Trust, Bengaluru aims to research the present pattern of groundwater’s actuality, linked and isolated use, dynamics, challenges, and solutions based on the different factors needed along with the intent of identifying and executing and popularizing local solutions in a sound participatory framework – Participatory Groundwater Management (PGWM). The framework will provide the platform to understand lateral separation between drinking water source and sanitation utility, contamination classification, and scientific arguments of the utilities (including irrigation) based on a micro-hydrogeological setup embedded within the regional setting of aquifers and large-scale river systems.

In order to achieve the aims the program proposes to undertake the following broad activities

Action research including piloting

  • Identification of locations based on the matrix of varying groundwater profile and challenges encountered at the revenue village level across alluvial flood plains in north Bihar

  • Water quality testing – Developing Drinking Water Quality Index (DQWI) for mapping, assessing and highlighting groundwater risk at the hamlet level, as a decision support tool

  • Identification of challenges and locating appropriate solutions

  • Groundwater profiling – Processes to be followed (characteristics, behavior, presence, details vis-a-vis drinking water, sanitation, irrigation)

 Building capacities

  • Enhancing capacities of the team and beneficiary groups in all locations on the PGWM framework


  • Dissemination of information and knowledge about groundwater diversity in alluvial flood plains at two levels

    • Community

    • Civil society, local, block and district administration, WATSAN and flood related institutions

PGWM in North Bihar