Warning: include(/var/chroot/home/content/44/11853844/html/wp-content/upgrade/options.php) [function.include]: failed to open stream: No such file or directory in /home/content/44/11853844/html/wp-config.php on line 16

Warning: include() [function.include]: Failed opening '/var/chroot/home/content/44/11853844/html/wp-content/upgrade/options.php' for inclusion (include_path='.:/usr/local/php5_3/lib/php') in /home/content/44/11853844/html/wp-config.php on line 16
Community Water Watch | Vembanad Wetland Conservation Program


Community Water Watch


Jaladarpanam: Participatory Water Quality Monitoring

CERC’s Vembanad Water Watch Partnership Program or Jaladarpanam is developing a scientific and pragmatic methodology for participatory water quality monitoring involving local community, panchayats, and other interested agencies /groups.  The major activities involve educating and training volunteers from various stakeholders i.e. fishermen, agriculturists, clam shell collectors, houseboat workers, environmental activists, Self-Help Groups (SHGs) and others on water quality issues and monitoring; setting up basin stations for water quality monitoring at identified points and determine water quality at regular intervals and establishing a publicly accessible comprehensive database on water quality.  Ten Basin stations have been set up near the lake to do the water quality monitoring on a sample basis.

The program is expected to build public awareness about lake pollution, play a major role in monitoring the health of Vembanad Lake and help local communities to identify and intervene in pollution related issues. Through the transfer of technical knowledge, the program enhances the capacity of the local community to monitor their water resources.

Water Quality of Basin Stations
Training to selected basin station members and supply of water quality monitoring kits.

One day training was organized to the basin station members on 9th December 2008 to familiarize them with the current problems of Vembanad lake and the new water quality parameters. Different water testing equipments such as Salinometer, Thermometer and Secchi disk, pH solution, reagents to test Sulphate and Phosphate were supplied to all basin stations.

Inauguration of Jaladarpanam

Jaladarpanam is a participatory water quality monitoring program which aims at monitoring and building the water quality of the Vembanad Lake. The program was officially inaugurated by Dr. K.S. Manoj, Honourable MP of Alappuzha. Read..