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Wake Our Lake Helps Villagers To Fight Water Crisis


Wake Our Lake was started to rejuvenate lakes across Chennai and other districts of Tamil Nadu, Karnataka And Andhra Pradesh.

Product or concept

Wake Our Lake provides guidelines to conserve water bodies, revive lakes and the vegetation surrounding it.

Problem being solved

Reduce acute water shortages due to improper water resource management.

Process or technology involved

  • Identify the lake/pond to be revived
  • Analysis of lake/pond’s surrounding and consultation with scientific community on an effective restoration strategy
  • Approaching different stakeholders for resources, permissions and volunteering efforts
  • Ensuring the local people are able to maintain the restored lake and the vegetation surrounding the same.

Sustainability benefits

  • Revives the local vegetation of lake’s surroundings.
  • Recharges ground water table effectively
  • Engages local community in water resource conservation and management strategies.

User segments that will benefit

  • Municipal Corporations
  • Farmers
  • Residential Communities

People or organizations involved

Saravanan Thiyagarajan

Wake Our Lake

Innovations or USPs

  • Customising the restoration of lakes depending on different aspects of geography, soil and surrounding vegetation.
  • Engagement with science and research institutions for effecting transfer and implementation of restoration knowledge.

Related engineering, science or business topics

  • Geography
  • Water Resource Management
  • Lake Restoration

Other interesting highlights

Wake Our Lake have adopted the Miyawaki method of plantation in creating  a dense forest to help the lake’s surrounding area get its green cover back.

They also give unique names to the lakes that get revived to engage people and get their attention.

Lake restoration projects located at:


Wake the Lake Drive at Sheelavanthakere Lake, Whitefield.

Wake The Lake | United Way Bengaluru

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Know more about the people behind this

This Young Man Brought Together Tribals, Students & Activists In TN Villages To Solve Water Crisis : The article talks about the journey behind Wake Our Lake's founder Saravanan in restoring lakes and ponds in villages and cities.

This man is tackling the water crisis in Tamil Nadu, one lake at a time : The article follows interesting facts about Wake Our Lake's journey in Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka.

Make a visit to get a first-hand experience

Wake Our Lake - Facebook : For more information regarding the lake restoration projects, you can contact them through their Facebook Page.

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Connect with experts

Dr. Jayshree Vencatesan : She specialises in conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity and ecological restoration, with a special interest in wetlands.

Environmentalist Foundation of India : The organization’s principal focus has been on adopting, scientifically reviving and ecologically restoring freshwater lakes and ponds across the country. They have restored 89 lakes till date since 2007.

Experiment through do-it-yourself projects

Good Practises in Water Security : The report analysis one village in Rajasthan called Marwar and the water conservation measure the community takes for efficient water management.

13 ways to provide water and sanitation for nine billion people : The article looks at water management from a top-down and a bottom-up approach to reduce water shortages in water stressed regions around the world.

Learn more

Lake And Pond Management : The website provides case studies of lake restorations that have happened around the world.

Natural Water Retention Measures - Catalogue of Case Studies : The website lists lake restorations and maintenance case studies that have taken place in Europe.

India: Community participation is a must for water management : The article stresses on the importance of engaging local community during lake restoration and resource management.

Community engagement in the water sector : The report analyses the different factors of community engagement and provides tools to deliver the same.

Selected Best Practises in Water Management : The report present best practises in water management across different villages in India.