Authors: Shridhar Athinarayanan, Prof. Steven Gorelick, Anjuli Jain Figueroa, Ph.D
Abstract: As the city’s population rises and poor water management practices persist, Pune in Maharashtra, India faces a disconnect between water distribution and demand. Pune’s current intermittent water supply system has barred safe and equitable water distribution. This study details the process of visualizing socioeconomic disparities across Pune and their correlations with water pressure allocation. Using tables of pipe and junction attributes supplied by the Pune Municipal Corporation, an aspatial network was developed. This network was then georeferenced algorithmically with the help of 550+ pipe vector PDF files and was then overlaid with data indicating household income distribution. From the visuals, it was shown that higher income areas receive higher pressures of water from suppliers, indicating a systemic economic issue within Pune’s water distribution scheme.