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.