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Post at: Apr 13 2022


Why in news

  • In march 2022,The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras has established a new interdisciplinary water management and policy centre called ‘AquaMAP’ to solve water problems in India.
  • The new website has also launched as

How does it help

  • This Centre will design scalable models by leveraging innovative technologies to provide smart solutions for challenging water problems.
  • As a proof of concept, these models would be installed in selected sites around the country.

What does AquaMAP hope to achieve?

  • Capability to address complex real-life water problems through a consortium approach.
  • Gets established as an entity which can deliver solutions having a wide impact and application.
  • Complete successful pilot studies in at least six water innovation villages / towns, that can be showcased as replicable models for water management and policy implementation, within the country.
  • Address at least three chronic water issues through Grand Challenges and their successful translation into pilot projects.
  • Set up a state-of-the-art Hydro-Informatics Laboratory.
  • Firmly established Alumni and Community Engagement Model.


  • Climate change greatly affects weather, precipitation, and the entire water cycle, including water resources both above and below ground.Since digital and smart solutions have become more integral to regular operations and maintenance, a rise in the adoption of smart water technologies followed suit. The solutions are seen as a means to fill the knowledge gap between legacy knowledge and new industry professionals, while also providing avenues to better understand current processes for optimization of water and wastewater treatment systems.

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