Wake the Lake is a flagship campaign of United Way Bengaluru to revive the dying lakes of Bengaluru. The campaign stands out as a shining example of collaboration between civic bodies, corporates and citizens for a larger good. Wake the Lake has been successful in reclaiming and restoring several lakes which were on the verge of total collapse and ruin, by clearing them of sewage, improving the quality of water and turning them into active community spaces.


  • Free the lake from garbage, effluents and other pollutants; restore the water quality.
  • Revive the eco-system in and around the lake by creating micro climate for aquatic flora and fauna.
  • Bring about community ownership through active volunteerism.

The disappearance of lakes in Bengaluru has given rise to several problems

  • According to a study, the water bodies of the city have reduced from 3.40 per cent in 1973 to just about 1.47 per cent in 2005
  • The built up area increased from 27.30 per cent to 45.19 per cent during the same period
  • There is considerable decline in the water
    quality and deterioration of flora and fauna due to
    depletion of dissolved oxygen
  • Migration of birds has reduced owing to loss of
    their sanctuaries
  • Increase in environment-related diseases
  • Frequent flooding and micro–climatic changes in the city
  • Loss of livelihood for local fishing communities


United Way Bengaluru implements Wake the Lake  by nurturing collaboration between government agencies, citizen groups, corporates, volunteers. This ensures that each group has a well-defined role to play.



In order to create ownership for the water bodies, United Way Bengaluru brings communities together for celebratory events. The Kere Deepotsava (festival of lights) is one such event. This has been celebrated in all the lakes that United Way Bengaluru has taken up for rejuvenation.

Conserving Bengaluru’s Heritage

United Way Bengaluru is working to revive 20 lakes in Bengaluru through direct and indirect intervention.

Kaudenahalli Lake
Rachenahalli Lake
Seegehalli Lake
Devasandra Lake
Dasarahalli Lake
Munnekolalu Lake
Yelahanka Lake
Sheelavanta kere
Saulkere Lake
Ulsoor Lake
Kudlu Doddakere
Kundalahalli Lake
Chinnappanahalli Lake(2012-2015)
Uttarahalli Lake(2012-2017)
Kaikondrahalli Lake(2012-2015)
Challakere Lake
Singasandra Lake
Haraluru Lake