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Work Overview

The fundamental principle underlying CSE’s water management programme is that the looming water crisis facing the country is not primarily due to a lack of water, but rather arises from mismanagement of water resources. The centralized management paradigm has kept the citizens out and taken away their sense of responsibility towards managing their water.


Water Efficiency and Conservation
Green Infrastructure
  Water Sustainability Template
A Practitioner’s Guide
  Watersensitive Urban Design and Planning
A Practitioner’s Guide
Mainstreaming Energy Efficiency in Urban Water and Wasterwater Management in the wake of Climage Change
Water Efficiency and Conservation in Urban India
  Mainstreaming Rainwater Harvesting in Noida
  Decentralised Wastewater Treatment and Reuse
  Urban Rainwater Harvesting
Case studies from different agro-climatic regions
  Plan for restoration of cascading tank systems in Anuradhapura district, Sri Lanka
  Status Paper Ganga 2013
  Briefing Paper: Legal, Institutional and Technical Framework for Lake/Wetland Protection
  Protection and Management of Urban Lakes in India
  What should be the Coliform standard in India’s sewage treatment protocol in order to promote safe reuse of reclaimed water for domestic, industrial and agricultural use; are stringent standards affordable?
  Green sanitation paper
  Policy paper on Septage Management in India
  Roadmap for Rating System for Water Efficient Fixtures: A Way to Sustainable Water Management in India
  Churning Still Water - Briefing Paper on Urban Waterbodies
A way to augment Chandigarh’s water resources
  Decentralised Wastewater Treatment
A Way to Manage Septage in Shimla
  TECHNICAL REPORT ON Rainwater harvesting for sector 26, Chandigarh
  CSE Documentaries
  Faecal Attraction
  The Rain Catchers
  Clean Your Act
  Report on Ganga
  DTE on Water
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State of india's urban water bodies
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Water insecurity—ranging from chronic water scarcity to lack of access to safe drinking water and sanitation services, to hydrological uncertainty and extremes (floods and droughts)—can cause severe disruptions




There are a number of legislations on the  national level with the objective of conserving natural resources like water as well for addressing the problem of pollution. However, water  being a state subject, the importance of state legislations on the same theme is that much more. Various states have either already formulated or are in the process of drafting legislations tackling natural resources like land and water.


Already about 10 states have formulated and adopted their own water policies, and the rest are in the process of doing so. The state water policies are comprehensive and treat water as a finite resource. The need to manage water resources in a scientific manner has been recognised in the policies and hence a lot of emphasis has been given to sustainable exploitation of water and groundwater resources.

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With an eye on the 2014 general election, the UPA government is expanding its ambitious Direct Benefit Transfer programme that promises welfare as cash in bank accounts.


Contact Address

  Dr. Suresh Kumar Rohilla
  Programme Director
  Email: srohilla@cseindia.org
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