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Water Allocation With Use of the Building Block Methodology (BBM) in the Godavari Basin, India

Abstract

Access to sufficient quantities of water of acceptable quality is a basic need for human beings and a pre-requisite to sustain and develop human welfare. In cases of limited availability, the allocation of water between different sectors can result in conflicts of interests. In this study, a modified version of the Building Block Methodology (BBM) was demonstrated for allocation of waters between different sectors. The methodology is a workshop-based tool for assessing water allocation between competing sectors that requires extensive stakeholder involvement. The tool was demonstrated for allocation of water in the Sri Ram Sagar water reservoir in the Godavari Basin, Andhra Pradesh, India. In this multipurpose reservoir, water is used for irrigation, drinking water supply and hydropower production. Possible water allocation regimes were developed under present hydrological conditions (normal and dry years) and under future climate change, characterized by more rain in the rainy season, more frequent droughts in the dry season and accelerated siltation of the reservoir, thus reducing the storage capacity. The feedback from the stakeholders (mainly water managers representing the various sectors) showed that the modified version of the BBM was a practical and useful tool in water allocation, which means that it may be a viable tool for application also elsewhere.

Category

Academic article

Client

  • Own institution / 12X798
  • Research Council of Norway (RCN) / 193818
  • Research Council of Norway (RCN) / 215934

Language

English

Author(s)

  • Tor Haakon Bakken
  • Eva Skarbøvik
  • A.K. Gosain
  • K. Palanisami
  • Julian Sauterleute
  • Helene Egeland
  • Krishna Reddy Kakumanu
  • Sekhar Nagothu
  • Atle Harby
  • K Tirupataiah
  • Per Stålnacke

Affiliation

  • Norwegian University of Science and Technology
  • SINTEF Energy Research / Energisystemer
  • Norwegian Institute of Bioeconomy Research
  • Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi
  • India

Year

2013

Published in

Journal of Sustainable Development

ISSN

1913-9063

Volume

6

Issue

8

Page(s)

93 - 107

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