From Flooding to Farming - UTFI featured in World Water: Stormwater Management Magazine  

Storing excess water underground could reduce floods and boost irrigation. James Clarke and Paul Pavelic report on a pilot project in Jiwai Jadid, India that will direct monsoon floodwaters into aquifers for agricultural use and ensure sustainable groundwater supplies during the dry season.


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Posted by UTFI Wednesday, June 22, 2016 4:25:00 PM

UTFI Team visits Indian Pilot at Jiwai Jadid, India 

A field trip to UTFI site in Rampur district was organized on 22-23 May, 2016 to verify present status and take necessary steps for successful operation for this year’s recharge season. Dr Alok Sikka, Dr Prasun Gangopadhyay and Mr Navneet Sharma from IWMI, and Dr Vinay K Mishra, Dr CL Verma, Dr SK Jha and Mr Pandey from CSSRI, Lucknow which is a partner in the project were part of the team which visited the site.


A community meeting was arranged with village head and other members to encourage the involvement of community through MGNREGA which is under process. The team also visited promising sites to scale up the project in water scarce region (Swar) to check their physical suitability. In addition, a meeting was arranged with district nodal officer for PMKSY (Prime Minister Krishi Sinchayee Yojana), a flagship irrigation scheme, to discuss inclusion of UTFI in ongoing schemes and district irrigation plan.

Posted by UTFI Monday, June 13, 2016 5:22:00 PM Categories: News

UTFI showcased at High Level National Workshop in New Delhi 

IWMI’s Prasun Gangopadhyay participated in a National Workshop on “Application and Uses of Hydro-Geomorphological Maps (HGMs) for Groundwater Prospection and Linkages” on 28-29th March 2016 where he presented “Role of Geo-Spatial Technology: Transforming Flood Hazards into Opportunity though UTFI in the Northern India” and discussed the capabilities of Indian Remote Sensing in natural resource management.

The workshop was organized by India Water Foundation which has a special consultative Status with UN-ECOSOC and is a Key National Resource Center for Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation, Government of India.  Dr. Harshvardhan, Minister of Science and Technology, Government of India was the Chief Guest and Shri Chaudhary Birendra Singh, Minister of Rural Development and Drinking Water and Sanitation was the Chairman.

Posted by UTFI Wednesday, April 20, 2016 10:28:00 AM features UTFI  

IWMI researcher Dr Paul Pavelic was recently interviewed by and UTFI project was featured on their website.

Check out the project coverage and snippets from the interview here.







Posted by UTFI Tuesday, March 15, 2016 1:45:00 PM

Underground Taming of Floods for Irrigation (UTFI) Project makes inroads into Bangladesh 

UTFI project team members from Acacia Water, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh Water Development Board and IWMI, together with the support of the Barind Multipurpose Development Authority (BMDA), visited Rajshahi district in northwest Bangladesh from 5-6 March 2016.

A Stakeholders’ Workshop was held on 6 March at the BMDA. The main guests for the event were Dr. Md. Akhram Hossain Chowdhury, Chairman, BMDA and Prof. Dr. Chowdhury Sarwar Jahan, Pro-Vice Chancellor, Rajshahi University.

The workshop was attended by 39 participants from numerous government departments, local universities, NGOs and CG Centres. The program included an overview of the development activities of the BMDA, introduction to UTFI concepts, case studies, and technical planning for the UTFI piloting. To sum up the workshop, Dr. Md. Akhram Hossain Chowdhury, said “The project is of high merit which addresses some of the core challenges of the region.”  He has pledged to give the full support of his Authority and to help showcase UTFI’s work at the highest levels of government.

The project team with support of BMDA officers made visits to numerous ‘Beels’ (low-lying depressions during flooding,) within the floodplain of the Mahananda River in the Chapai Nawabganj area where inundation for much of the year only allows a single paddy crop to be grown.  Draining part of the Beel – whilst enabling the lowest areas to be used for year-round fisheries - will intensify crop production, offset significant depletion which has emerged across the Barind Tract in recent decades, and reduce drainage to rivers that contribute to downstream flooding. During 2016, baseline studies will be carried out to understand the hydrology, geology and agricultural practices within the Beel in greater detail before progressing into pilot trials in 2017.

Posted by UTFI Tuesday, March 15, 2016 1:38:00 PM

Disaster Risk Management Conference  

Paul Pavelic from IWMI presented the Underground Taming of Floods concept at the The 6th Annual Conference of the International Society for Integrated Disaster Risk Management (IDRiM 2015), entitled “Disaster Risk Reduction: Challenges and Opportunities for Sustainable Growth”. This collaborative three day conference aimed to develop a comprehensive roadmap on a regional framework for earthquake, flood, extreme weather and other natural hazard triggered disaster risk management.  The conference was hosted by TIFAC in partnership with International Society for Integrated Disaster Risk Management (IDRiM) and supported by several national and international organizations including, the Disaster Prevention Research Institute (DPRI) (Japan) and the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) (Austria).

Posted by UTFI Tuesday, February 02, 2016 10:06:00 AM

Open Day inauguration brings together government officials, media, local community and UTFI team  

An Open Day was organized to provide an opportunity to key stakeholders from the government, partners and media to officially inaugurate the site and engage in informal discussion about the project. The day was divided into two half’s, first a brief meeting where the project concept was introduced by the team leader which followed by an enthusiastic discussion between different stakeholders including government officials and media. Post this the team proceeded to the field site for a site inspection and engagement with local community. For the briefing, Mr Amit Kishore (IAS) who is the Chief Development Officer of Rampur (Uttar Pradesh, India) was the chief guest. High ranking officials both from the state and central water related departments were also present.

Press Release

Posted by UTFI Tuesday, February 02, 2016 10:01:00 AM

UTFI - Indian pilot gets into business  

In a big step forward for the project, the first pilot site in India was constructed and recharge begun on 21st September 2015. The village of Jiwai Jadid in the Ram Ganga Sub-basin was chosen for the pilot after an extensive site selection process.  In the pilot, surface water is diverted from a nearby irrigation canal into a pond and recharge occurs via the recharge structures during the wet season when flows are in excess. It took about two and half months to prepare the site with monsoons throwing in regular challenges. The pilot will help the research team in studying technical aspects such as recharge rates and changes in water quality;  socio-economic impacts in a gender inclusive manner.

Posted by UTFI Tuesday, February 02, 2016 10:00:00 AM

UTFI Team visits the pilot site 

A field visit was organized to Jiwai Jadid village in Rampur with all available partners to take stock of the progress of UTFI site preparation and to plan out implementation of work plans. Apart from site inspection and discussion with villagers, a few meetings were arranged with government officials in Rampur and Moradabad. The visit provided a good opportunity for interaction and cross-learning between team members with different expertise especially related to the socio-economic and gender aspects. This learning would be translated into work plans as the project moves forward.

Posted by UTFI Tuesday, February 02, 2016 9:59:00 AM

Site preparations begin at the Indian Pilot location in Uttar Pradesh 

An idyllic town in Rampur in the state of Uttar Pradesh has become a hub of activity for the UTFI team. Construction of recharge shafts are underway and the work is expected to be completed by end of this month. Once the site is ready, the researchers would start monitoring and collecting data on the ground.




Posted by UTFI Friday, August 28, 2015 3:48:00 PM
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