The Water Solutions Lab will assess the solutions and problems simultaneously in an integrated and coordinated manner as illustrated in the figure below.
Water Solutions Lab is a collaborative body that facilitates the process of innovation in water-related issues of Bengaluru by strongly connecting problem with solutions, knowledge generators and knowledge implementers.
It offers a comprehensive water system diagnostic and brings forward custom-made innovative solutions through a combination of advanced scientific knowledge, multi-stakeholder involvement, multi-criteria analysis and digital information technology to address emerging water challenges in the city of Bengaluru.
Problems of high leakages, destruction of local water bodies, non-regulation of groundwater pumping, an inadequate and malfunctioning wastewater treatment network, and poorly designed pricing are rooted in multiple disconnects: mismatched goals, fragmented thinking, lack of participatory governance, and poor science-policy linkages. Consequently, actions are carried out in silos without holistically understanding interactions and tradeoffs with other systems.
Bengaluru Water Solutions Lab will help overcome these barriers and establish a framework to facilitate the process of innovation in water-related through an integrated problem and solution assessment embedded in a system of co-production of knowledge involving scientists and all stakeholders in order to develop a 'knowledge-to-concrete action' and identify viable solutions.