Participatory Hydrologic Monitoring Farmer Training program

The purpose of the Participatory Hydrologic Monitoring Program is to help us get weekly groundwater level data at wells at which we understand the geology. About a dozen farmers have agreed to engage in weekly monitoring using a low-cost instrument developed by us.
A farmer training session was conducted in Kannada on Thursday, August 21, 2014. The objectives and steps involved were explained to farmers during this session.

Figure 3.1: Farmer Training Program at ATREE, August 2014.

Several steps were followed to complete the process of making the farmer’s borewell a “participatory monitoring borewell”.
Step 1: The farmer details were noted down and the farmer’s borewell was geo-referenced.
Step 2: The farmer’s pump was lifted (a three hour process).
Step 3: The farmer’s well was scanned with a borewell camera.
Step 4: The pump was replaced, the cable was tied every 5 feet to the GI pipe (a five hour long process), so the probe would not get entangled in the borewell cables.
Step 5: The well was sealed with a borewell cap designed by us to facilitate future monitoring.
Step 6: If the farmer’s water level was less than 600 ft, the farmer was given an monitoring instrument designed and fabricated at ATREE as well as a log book to note weekly groundwater levels. Otherwise, water level measurements are done by Project FA Chidanand.
Step 7: The farmer was also given a mobile number and told to SMS the weekly reading.

Figure 3.2: Borewell pump being lifted in Doddatumkuru village, GI pipes after pump was dismantled in Lakshmidevapura village, borewell cap fabricated by us for participatory hydrologic monitoring.