Jaltol Digital Tool
Read more: How Jaltol addresses the capacity bottleneck in rural water security
Jaltol is a free, open-source water accounting tool
that makes water balance estimation easy in grassroot communities. With the Jaltol plugin, decision makers in the rural water security planning process can get data on their watershed and estimate the water budget at the click of a button. It allows them to make more informed decisions about water management in their panchayat. The plugin uses remote sensing data—rainfall, evapotranspiration, soil moisture, surface water/groundwater storage, land use/land cover—together on one platform in an easy-to-use format, making water accounting easy.
How to use Jaltol
Use the Jaltol user manual and documentation to understand how to install and use the tool. You could also watch the video tutorial to understand the tool better. Basic knowledge of QGIS is helpful but not necessary to explore Jaltol's functionalities. Read more: Jaltol user manual and documentation
The need for digital tools in rural water security
Read more: How digital tools can address rural water security
Jaltol was developed as part of CSEI’s Food Futures Initiative that aims to help boost water security and restore degraded land to improve 150,000 livelihoods in 2000 villages, by 2030. Working towards this goal, we talked to grassroot communities about their water management challenges. At the community level, we identified a lack of water data and hydrological expertise
to use the data as critical gaps. We created the Jaltol tool, as we recognised that digital tools could make data easily accessible and address the “expertise bottleneck”.
Jaltol in the media
Understanding rural water security
India is one of the most water-stressed countries in the world. But solving India’s water crisis will require us to take a hard look at how we collect and use data in the water sector. Here are a few blog posts that capture CSEI’s thoughts on rural water security in India
and the role we see ourselves playing:
Jaltol version 2
Read more: Building a robust tool to estimate water balances
The primary purpose of the Jaltol plugin is ease of use for the user. We will need additional resources and time to incorporate the feedback
we have received. Discussions are on about the next version of the tool which will include the features recommended by our early users. Read the blog post below for more on the feedback we received.
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We are keen on building strategic partnerships to develop and scale the Jaltol tool. If you are interested in partnering with us, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.