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.
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”.