As a WA+ user, ACIWRM, was invited by IHE Delft, FAO and IWMI to present at the 1st WA+ Symposium, held from July 12-13, 2022 at Delft, The Netherlands. The topics included the following:
- WA+ application case studies;
- Hydrological modeling for WA+;
- WA+ institutionalization and policy making; and
- Tools and interfaces for WA+ (QGIS, GEE, etc.)
Abstracts were invited on the above topics with a special focus on current developments, future directions and lessons learned. In this regard, the Water Resources Specialist, submitted the abstract ‘Water Accounting Plus using Karnataka Water Information System (KWRIS) Portal’ under the theme ‘Tools and Interfaces for WA+’ The abstract was accepted for the presentation at the symposium. Dr Sashi Kumar N, Water Resources Specialist, ACIWRM, was invited to Delft, to present the same on July 13, 2022. The audience and IHE officials were appreciative of the KWRIS efforts to bring all water resources data in the portal.
Water Accounting plus using Karnataka Water Information System (KWRIS) Portal
Sashikumar N, Somasekhar Rao P, Teju Kumar N, Akhila V
Advanced Centre for Integrated Water Resources Management, Water Resources Department, Government of Karnataka, Bengaluru, India
Advanced Centre for Integrated Water Resources Management(ACIWRM) in collaboration with UNESCO-IHE Delft and with the support of Asian Development Bank, implemented Water Accounting Plus (WA+) studies in the State of Karnataka, India as part of the activity on ‘Expanding support to water accounting in river basins and water productivity in irrigation schemes’ to support Water Resources Department and Agriculture Department. The WA+ system is applied to gain full insights into the state of the water resources in four sub-basins of Krishna located in Karnataka. Water accounting is the process of assessing and communicating water resources related information and the services generated from consumptive use in a geographical domain, such as a river basin, to users such as policy makers and water management officers at irrigation project level. The collection of data inputs to carrying out the WA+ is time consuming and elaborate as the data is not readily available and the stakeholders are at wide geographical area. ACIWRM is developing a Karnataka Water Resources Information portal (KWRIS) to bring all water resources data of the state under one system. KWRIS will integrate data collected and maintained by the various government agency data custodians. The core of this data will comprise hydrometeorological; surface water and groundwater; quantity and quality; land and water use; water related environmental assets and conditions; it will also comprise demographic, economic, social and other data. KWRIS is designed to receive the telemetry data and share the collected data through Application Program Interfaces (API). The Water Accounting plus is a continuous exercise to be carried out and share the outputs with different stakeholders in reasonable time. This study demonstrates the use of KWRIS portal in providing real time data to the WA+ and prioritize needs and decisions to be taken in a sub-basin and Irrigation project level at regular intervals.