Bloogle is an initiative of Biome Environmental Trust to create a map-based educational tool that enhances the public’s understanding of water and the issues surrounding it. The original intent was to make Bloogle into a comprehensive map of rainwater harvesting in Bengaluru. In the course of developing this tool and seeing the power of user-supplied, geographically displayed information, we thought to expand our horizons to include other key areas of water knowledge, including lakes, groundwater, and water utilities. We’ve also kept the door open to widening the geographical focus of Bloogle beyond Bengaluru at some future point.

Bloogle’s usefulness is completely dependent on people like you who share stories – be it about your three-year-old rainwater harvesting system or the lake next door that’s being rehabilitated. It is also an experiment to test the value that user-provided stories can bring to bear in addressing some of the most pressing water-related issues of the day. If you have not yet done so, please take a few moments and share your perspective by clicking the “Add your story” link at the top of the page.

And finally, if you would like to make Bloogle available in your city or town, or have suggestions for other important areas of water knowledge that we should capture, do let us know.