Water Resources Engineering (WRE) connects engineering hydrology and hydraulics with societal, environmental, and other issues. Our student Mr. Desiderio makes this connection here…

The India Water Review reported, “France to lend Rs 630 Cr for Jodhpur Water Supply Project” on February 3, 2012.  This article directly relates to water resource engineering in the fact that it reports on water supply systems, more specifically drinking water supply and treatment systems.  The loan France is supplying to the Rajasthan Government goes directly to updating and expanding Jodhpur’s current water supply system.  This project is important because it meets Jodhpur’s water demand up to 2029.  The importance of water supply for human use is illustrated in the Wurbs and James (2002) textbook, Water Resources Engineering, in the quote: “in meeting the water-related needs of society, water resources engineers…plan, design, construct, and operate structures and facilities. Development and management of the natural resource water are essential for human survival and prosperity”.  Although the article reports the project will meet demand through 2029, I question whether this is true or not based on India’s large population and rapid population growth.

This image captures the precious value of drinking water. Photo courtesy of Flickr_jodhpur

The article relates to the broader context area of societal, economical and global issues.  In a societal context, this project will bring drinking water to people that have not previously had reliable access to drinking water.  By having clean drinking water 24/7, the quality of life for the inhabitants of Jodhpur will certainly increase, changing the people’s relationship with this natural resource.  Economically, the project will bring business to the cities private sector as they implement, refurbish and construct the new water supply system.  This will have an impact on the developing country of India, as it will provide many locals with jobs amidst a struggling economy.  A global context area relates to how different countries, organizations or people interact with each other on a global scale.  This impacts water resource engineering because water often marks the boundaries between countries, states, territories, etc.  It is up to water resource engineers and other managers to design projects capable of sharing water resources to meet the needs of all parties bordering a common water supply.  This article shows how France and India, two countries with very different cultures, arrived at an agreement to relieve water poverty.

Location of Jodhpur, India, southwest of New Delhi