Water quality monitoring of rivers: the nationwide lockdown

On March 11, 2020, the WHO declared that an outbreak of thee viral disease COVID-19, had reached the level of a global pandemic and instructed the governments to take urgent and aggressive action to stop the spread of the virus. The nationwide lockdown to contain the spread of the COVID-19 in India was announced on March 25. The important and exemplary aspect of all this was that while humans all over the world were in a lockdown, Nature appeared to have recuperated and water in the process of healing. The lockdown following the outbreak was a time to take a journey within and introspect. CWC has monitored Water Quality (WQ) of rivers at WQ sites across India. The present report attempts to provide the water quality scenario of Indian rivers during the lockdown period.