Training: Drinking Water Quality Monitoring & Management

Development Alternatives

Development Alternatives, a non-profit organisation established in 1983 creating large scale sustainable livelihoods is organising a Capacity Building Series (2008- 09) on Experiential field based training on Drinking Water Quality Monitoring and Management.

Objectives of the Training:

  • To help organizations understand the importance of Water Quality Monitoring in Water Quality Management
  • To impart Technical Skills on various practical aspects of water quality monitoring and management
  • To Promote Surveillance of Drinking Water

Course Eligibility

This programme is designed for Development Professionals from NGOs, academic institutions, CSR Professionals, officers from Central and State governments, and international development organizations who are working on water quality monitoring and management aspects and related projects and are keen to upgrade their knowledge. Duration: 3 Days Fee:

  • INR 9,500/- per participant for Indian Participants
  • INR 12,000/- (240 USD) for Overseas Participants

The Training fee covers the following accommodation, food, course material and a leisure trip to the famous Orchha Temples and Fort

Your Takeaways:

  • Knowledge and experience from the training
  • Field Exposure and further learning
  • Manuals and training material
  • Networking opportunity for you
  • And a visit to Orchha Temples and fort – A Glimpse

Date: 6th to 8th August  2009


The training will be held in TARAgram, Appropriate Technology Centre, Orchha, Madhya Pradesh. TARAgram is a campus set in the rural environment of Orchha. It is a centre which showcases the Livelihood models developed by DA in the field of appropriate technology, and environment.

Last Date for applying: August 3rd, 2009

For more information and to register, contact:

Bhavana Gadre
Telephone: 011-26132718

TARA Livelihood Academy
Development Alternatives,
111/9-Z, Kishangarh, Vasant Kunj,
New Delhi-110070

Introduction to the Course

Water, the elixir of life! Alas, today this phrase remains a misnomer. The entire ecosystem existence is based on water .It runs like blood in our body, but nowadays this blood is impure and short in supply. This is due to the fact of contamination of water with pollutants and consistent negligence on the part of governments to look after water supply with increase in population. People in several parts of India face an immense challenge to meet the basic needs of water. The crisis is not due to the lack of fresh water as such, but the availability of adequate quality water at the right place and time to meet basic needs.

Every year more than five million human beings die from illness linked to unsafe drinking water and sanitation. Improved access to safe water supply and appropriate sanitation can also improve the economic status, mainly through saving large amounts of people’s time and energy. It is a matter of concern that despite the progress made with water supply, the level of water-related sickness continues to be high. 70-80 % of illnesses are related to water contamination and poor sanitation. Main diseases associated with sanitation-diarrhea, ascariasis, dracunculiasis, hookworm, schistosomiasis, trachoma, typhoid, paratyphoid, bacillary dysentery, cholera, poliomyelitis, etc are on an increase. These diseases consume a lot of time and money for medical attention and medicines. In India, the economic burden due to morbidity and mortality from these diseases is staggering. The resources saved by improved water supply and sanitation can be used in many economically productive or educational activities.

During the last few decades the national policies have shown increasing emphasis on both rural and urban water supply and sanitation. In terms of physical progress, the achievements have been remarkable. In rural context, however unfortunately these efforts have not been seen to be converted into health benefits and water borne diseases continue to be the dominant cause of morbidity and mortality in many pars of the country. The reasons are fairly very obvious, though water is being supplied; its potability is not being ensured. The lack of Water Quality Surveillance in these areas is acutely brought into focus during the episodes of waterborne epidemics.

In realm of this domain to overcome these challenges, the need of the hour is monitoring of water quality, surveillance and management. By putting these things into practice the dream of supplying pure drinking water to each individual could be achieved.

Aastha Kukreti

Aastha Kukreti holds a Master’s degree in Environment Management and her areas of expertise range from waste management, pollution ecology, green audits, ecofeminism, environmental equity and social justice.

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