Genesis, Mission & Vision


SCMS Water Institute was formed in 2010 in order to address the water related environmental problems affecting the society. Since water is one of the most important resource limitations of the century, it was the commitment from the SCMS Group of Educational Institutions to establish a research and consultancy centre on water for its effective management and sustainable development. The institute was initially named as Centre for Sustainable Water Technology & Management (CSWTM) which got renamed to SCMS Water Institute (SWI) in 2014.


To become a globally recognized resource centre on water with a focus on knowledge creation and transfer to address multifarious needs and challenges faced by India.


To address the water related issues through multidisciplinary efforts in order to achieve a sustainable and secure water future. SCMS Water Institute accomplishes its mission through research and development, technology incubation and application, education and training, demand driven consultancy and networking.

Our Expertise

  • Water Quality Monitoring and Assessment
  • Environmental System Modelling
  • Automated Biomonitoring
  • Environmental Remote Sensing and GIS
  • Water Audit – micro (e.g. Apartments) and macro (e.g. Cities) scales
  • Green Audit
  • Water policy development for local bodies
  • Water technologies- Desalination,
    -design of water & waste water treatment,
    - environmental application of membranes
  • Climate change and adaptation strategies
  • Limnology
  • Watershed management

Projects Undertaken

City water audit for Kochi

Water audit at the city scale allow Corporation to understand the potential sources, the ward wise and sector wise demand for water and the spatial variation of scarcity in the corporation area. SWI collected and analyzed the secondary and primary data collected in this study to develop the water balance for the city and using GIS platform mapped the water stress in the area for the present conditions and for various scenarios in future.

Modelling of salinity intrusion to ground water in Kochi Municipal Corporation Area

VISUAL MODFLOW simulations were carried out to assess present status of salinity intrusion in Cochin. A forecast of salinity intrusion in the study area for next decade was also assessed for various scenarios.

Assessment and Optimization of water distribution network in Kochi

Kerala Water Authority ( KWA) is the main source of water supply in Kochi. The existing water distribution network of KWA is analyzed for the first time using EPANET. An assessment of the network for its sufficiency to meet future demand is carried out and recommendations are made for improvement..

Water Audit for Nagarjuna Residential Apartments at Kochi

A detailed water audit was carried out in the apartment complex. Consumption patterns were analyzed, water balance diagrams were created. Audit recommendations are reported with cost benefit analysis [pdf report to be included]

Water Audit for Oceanus Blue Mount Apartments at Trivandrum

A detailed water audit was carried out in the apartment complex. Consumption patterns were analyzed, water balance diagrams were created. Audit recommendations are reported with cost benefit analysis [Pdf report to be included]

Estimation of Non Revenue Water for a Distinct Metering Area (DMA) in Kochi city

Though about 200 MLD water is supplied by Kerala Water Authority to Kochi Corporation area, the actual quantity received at the end is much lesser due to losses in the distribution line, popularly known as non revenue water (NRW). So far there is very limited understanding on the quantity of NRW in the area. SWI conducted detailed investigations to understand the amount of NRW within a DMA in Kochi corporation area in collaboration with Kerala Water Authority.

Development of Water Quality GIS for Koratty Panchayat in Thrissur District

SWI in association with Koratty Panchayat has collected water from 190 drinking water sources like domestic and public wells and analyzed for various water quality parameters as per Bureau of Indian Standards. All the water sources were later documented using geographic Information system (GIS) to prepare a water quality atlas. It was found from the results of analysis that 90% of the drinking water sources were contaminated by Coliform bacteria. Another significant observation was the presence of high acidity, Iron and Fluoride in certain wells. Remedial measures were advised and the Panchayat has adopted necessary measures promptly.

This water quality atlas will be extremely useful for the water related planning process in view of decentralized planning process of Koratty Panchayat. The atlas is prepared such that it can be updated in every six month.

Project Underway / Current Activities

Development of Water Policy for Kochi City

In a joint initiative with the Cochin Municipal Corporation, SCMS Water Institute will develop a water policy for the city. The policy will be developed under the purview of National and State Water Policies. This water policy would be the first ever initiative of this nature launched by any corporation in the country. Recently announced corporation budget has earmarked the necessary funds for the project. The water policy being developed is anticipated to assist Kochi Corporation to improve its delivery mechanism and to coordinate and integrate water related services to the community

Development of cost effective and appropriate iron removal technology for Kerala conditions

The project aims to develop an upflow adsorption filtration unit for iron removal from groundwater with minimum energy usage and in a cost effective manner compared to other conventional technologies. The proposed technology will be affordable to the low income groups who face water scarcity problems in the state due to heavy metal contamination

Optimization of Automated Bio monitoring to Indian Conditions

Automated bio monitoring using the LimCo biosensors is the assessment of water quality using miniature aquatic organisms with the help of impedence spectroscopy. As per the MoU of SWI with LimCo, this instrument and the concept of impedence spectroscopy will be introduced to the Indian conditions for analyzing water quality in rivers, aqua culture fields and water treatment plants.

Fate of Contaminants In The Process Of Desalination With Electrodialysis

The project aims at the utilisation of the unused but abundantly available backwater source to quench the thirst of Kochi. The scope of the present study is on the fate of pesticides and heavy metal contaminants, which are found in the backwaters, along with an economic desalination of the brackish water from backwaters of Kochi through the method of Electrodialysis.

Satellite remote sensing of salinity fluctuations in Kochi estuary

Project aims to study the existing algorithms to retrieve salinity through satellite remote sensing. The study will establish a relationship between the salinity and Coloured Dissolved Organic Matter (CDOM) in the estuary and CDOM will be used as a surrogate for satellite mapping of seasonal salinity fluctuations in the Cochin Estuary.

Development of a biological anti-foaming agent for application in waste water treatment plants

The objective of the project is to detect and identify filamentous bacteria which are responsible for the foam in aerobic effluent treatment process. Their remediation by Bacteriophage method will be explored.

Our MoU’s

SWI has signed MoU with the following Universities, Institutes and companies

University of Applied Sciences Ravensburg Weingarten

SCMS Water Institute (SWI) has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with University of Applied Sciences, Ravensburg-Weingarten in order to develop SWI into a ‘Centre for Excellence in water’ within the coming few years. A project named “Establishment of a Centre of Competence on Water and Waste Water” has been sanctioned by Württemberg-Stiftung, Stuttgart, Germany for this purpose.

This project includes:

  • Joined research on different mechanisms on membrane separation named Low Energy Electro dialysis, Forward Osmosis, Effluent Water Treatment etc.
  • Faculty and Student Exchange.
  • Automation in water treatment.
  • Strengthening of the M. Tech Environmental Engineering course being started at SSET.
  • Institutional strengthening.

As part of this project a training programme on Membrane Technology was organized for staff and students of SSET at the University of Applied Sciences, Ravensburg- Weingarten. Initiatives for joint research on electrodialysis have been started with the institutional partnership from German Industry Partner Dr Hans – Jurgen Rapp, DEUKUM, Frickenhausen, Germany (

  • University of Applied Sciences Furtwangen, Germany
  • Limco GmbH, Konstanz, Germany
  • Nivus GmbH, Eppingen, Germany
  • Sewerin GmbH, Germany
  • Central Institute of Brackish Water Aquaculture (CIBA), Chennai

News/Media write-ups about SWI

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Partners and Funding

Baden Württemberg Foundation

The Baden Württemberg Foundation is funding the exchange of staff and students in both directions between the SCMS School of Engineering and Technology and the University of Applied Sciences Ravensburg-Weingarten.


Etablierung eines deutsch-indischen Kompetenzzentrums Wasser“
Term: 01.09.2013 to 31.08.2015
Funding: 70 000 €
For details about the Baden-Württemberg Foundation see:

German Water Partnership

SWI cooperates with the companies of the Indian section of the German Water Partnership.
GWP is an network of ca. 350 Germany based water firms, for details see:


The SWI demoplant is used to showcase some technologies of GWP member companies. The plant offers also the basis for projects of finetuning these technologies for the local Indian conditions

SWI organized the 2nd Indian GWP day “German Solutions to Indian Challenges” on 6th October 2014 and hosted it in Cochin and partly on the SSET campus.

Director's Profile

Dr. Sunny George, a limnologist of international repute is the Director of the SCMS Water Institute. He has special expertise in standardizing and fine turning several laboratory level concepts and ideas and converts them into socially relevant projects and programmes. Dr. Sunny George has been awarded fellowships by the Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR) New Delhi, Belgian Royal Institute of Natural Science, Brussels, Belgium, United Nations University, Tokyo and the United States Department of State, Washington D.C.

He has more than 20 years of experience in research, consultancy and implementation of development projects and has worked in several European Universities and Institutes. In 2012 he was selected by the U.S Government as a member of Indian Water Mission to United States.

Prof. Dr. Johannes Fritsch
Scientific Advisor

Photographs of the team

Training and Capacity Building

Roof top rainwater harvesting

SWI gave both theoretical and hands-on training on point recharging of wells to 30 participants of Koratty panchayat. They were grouped into a “Water Brigade” by the panchayat. These trainees are capable of disseminating the idea of roof top rainwater harvesting to the interested persons in the panchayat.

Professor M. Madhavan, Principal addressing the trainees from Koratty panchayat at SSET

Drinking water quality analysis

SWI provided training on water quality analysis to 15 women selected by the panchayat. These women are now in a position to analyze six basic drinking water quality parameters. They are expected to carry out the analysis of water from the drinking water sources within the panchayat at periodic intervals.

Training on water quality analysis at Koratty Panchayat

Environmental Impact Assessment

SWI and Environmental Engineeirng in association with Cochin Municipal Corporation organized a two day training programme on Environmental Impact Assessments (EIA) for small project during 21- 22 February, 2014 at SCMS Cochin School of Business, first of its kind in the state. A total of 74 participants from various section of the society including charted accountants, high court advocates, university professors, NGOs, students etc participated in this event. The training covered assessment of positive and negative environmental impacts of every developmental projects and formulation of technically and economically feasible mitigation measures. A systematic training module for conducting EIA was developed by SWI and EE. This training module is in the process of getting published as a standard manual for conducting EIA of small projects.

Mayor of Cochin Corporation Mr. Tony Chammany inaugurating the EIA Training programme at SCMS Campus

National Workshop on Water Management and Audit

SCMS Water Institute in association with SCMS School of Business conducted a two day National Workshop on Water Management and Audit in our main campus on 25-26 February, 2015. This event was supported under " Building Capacities for Consultancy Development & Knowledge Management with Partner Institution(KMPI)" Programme of Consultancy Development Centre (CDC), DSIR, Ministry of Science & Technology, Govt. of India

Inaugural Speech by Shri T. P. Sreenivasan IFS during National Workshop on Water Mangement and Audit organized by SWI

Workshop on Sustainable Development & Management of Ground Water Resources

Contact Details

SCMS Water Institute
SCMS School of Engineering and Technology
Vidya Nagar, Karukutty, Ernakulam
Phone: 0484- 2439033