Faculty Advisor

Shockey, Ingrid K.

Project Center



Access to water is a significant factor for the survival of north Indian farmers situated in hilly areas. These villages often have inadequate surface water sources so they rely on rainwater. Our project's goal was to evaluate traditional irrigation practices in Mandi District in Himachal Pradesh and to design a model to provide farmers at higher altitudes with a sustainable, self- sufficient and cost-effective water management system. Through site assessments and interviews with local farmers, we learned that there is a greater need for drinking water than irrigation water. Therefore, our design utilizes water- harvesting techniques to gather rainwater in a tank that can be used for irrigation or routed through a water-purification system for drinking purposes.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

October 2013

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Interdisciplinary Programs