Development of representative conceptual groundwater flow model is an important step before translating it into a numerical model. In this paper, a methodology for development of conceptual groundwater flow model has been presented in which spatially distributed values for groundwater recharge has been utilized instead of lump sum average values of recharge normally obtained by water budgeting method. The study also extensively uses GIS for preprocessing of hydrological, hydrogeological and geological data.

A unique “water audit” exercise in Jaipur, Ajmer, Pali and Bhilwara towns of Rajasthan for efficient management of drinking water is likely to be completed by October 2. The audit is set to evolve the much-needed balance between demand and supply and improve the delivery of water to consumers.

JAIPUR: Every drop of water counts in the city, as the deficit between the demand and supply is 220 million litres per day (MLD). In fact, the tubewells are drying and groundwater is depleting. Now, to keep a check on every drop, the public health and engineering department (PHED) has started water audit in four municipalities

Industrial town spent Rs 2 crore on flow meters that no one monitors THE industrial units of Pali town in Rajasthan were made to install meters to measure the amount of effluents they discharge. But no one is monitoring them. The Rajasthan high court ordered installation of flow meters in April 2008 to check industrial effluents from entering the Bandi river. It said the effluents


The second round of community water pollution monitoring was organizing in Bandi and Luni basins during September 16-18, 2008. The SKPSS Samiti and CSE decided to carry out the monitoring not only in Pali but also in Balotra. The members of the SKPSSS undertook sampling and testing of treated effluents from CETP 1, 2 and 3, river water at Sumerpur bridge and well water from Jetpur village.

The first monitoring was undertaken on August 22, 2008. When the farmers group visited the CETP for sampling, they observed bypass of untreated effluents and the district administration and the pollution control board was informed of the same. On the complaints of the community, the regional officer, Rajasthan State Pollution Control Board and the CETP officials rushed to the site.

Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) released its first study in May 2006 on heavy metal contamination in the Bandi basin due to textile dyeing and printing industries in Pali city. This research was initiated in November 2005 on the request of Sri Kisan Paryavaran Sangarsh Samiti, a farmers group spearheading the fight against the surface and groundwater pollution by industries.

This paper is the result of a study conducted at the request of Sri Kisan Paryavaran Sangarsh Samiti, which is spearheading the cause of the farmers against the pollution of the Bandi river and groundwater in and around the town of Pali, by textile dyeing and
printing industries. The Samiti, formed in 2004 has members drawn from around 50 villages in and around Pali.

Camel experts from research institutions and non-government organisations in India, France, Germany, Kazakhstan, Oman, the United Arab Emirates, and the UK met at the training centre of Lokhit Pashu-Palak Sansthan near Mammaji-ki-dhuni at Sadri, District Pali, Rajasthan, India, on 23-25 November 2004, and came up with the following recommendations:

• Urgently investigate how to restore sufficient pastureland for camels in order to halt the decline in camel numbers.