As India heads towards an ever deepening water crisis, we seek to create efficient solutions for managing water resources. These include various initiatives to promote water conservation on the one hand, and on the other, to improve water use efficiency in industrial, domestic and agriculture sectors. To achieve our goal of ensuring long term sustainability of water resources, we focus keenly on policy interventions as well as developing the knowledge and capabilities of all our stakeholders.



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Saving Punjab's groundwater, one agricultural pump at a time

Ms Bigsna Gill

A scheme in Punjab delivers direct monetary benefit to farmers for using agricultural pumps more efficiently

Karnataka adopts new approach to enhance impact of watershed programme

TERI Web Desk

The Land Resource Inventory developed under Sujala-3, a watershed management scheme in Karnataka, empowers farmers with site-specific information to boost farm incomes

A green agenda: Destressing India's water situation

TERI Web Desk

Declining water levels and over-exploited groundwater reserves point towards a grave future

Addressing socio-cultural barriers is key to ensuring reuse of treated waste water

Ms Mehar Kaur

Important to address socio, psychological and cultural barriers to ensure reuse of treated waste water

India's rampant urban water issues and challenges

Mr Qazi Syed Wamiq Ali
Mr Nathaniel B Dkhar

The consistent increase in the rate of growth of India's population has also led to the increase in demand for water, particularly in the urban areas where the rate of increase is highler compared to rural areas.


India Water Forum 2019

March 5, 2019
to March 6, 2019

The Energy and Resources Institute in association with the Ministry of Water Resources River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation, Government of India, is organizing the 4th India Water Forum (IWF), with the theme "Water for All: Options for Safe, Sustainable and Resilient Future".

World Sustainable Development Summit 2019

February 11, 2019
to February 13, 2019

WSDS is India's imprint to the global sustainability footprint. WSDS now strives to provide long-term solutions for the benefit of the global community by assembling the world's most enlightened leaders and thinkers on a single platform.

Chennai Regional Dialogue on 'Clean Oceans'

December 7, 2018
to December 7, 2018

TERI in collaboration with the Ministry of Earth Sciences, will be holding national level discussions on the theme of 'Clean Oceans' at the Chennai Regional Dialogue which will be held as a pre-event in the run up to the World Sustainable Development Summit (WSDS), 2019.

Pravah....go with the FLOW

October 9, 2018
to October 31, 2018

The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) in collaboration with Bharti Infratel has implemented Project FLOW since 2015. FLOW is an acronym which stands for Facilitating Learning on WASH. It aims to translate awareness and knowledge into action by educating school children and youth on Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) issues.

Webinar on 'Circular Economy An Opportunity for Indian Businesses'

August 14, 2018
to August 14, 2018

TERI Council for Business Sustainability (CBS) is delighted to host the Fifth webinar in the series of 'Thought Leadership Webinar' for Indian companies and businesses.


277 farmers join save water initiative

August 30, 2019 |
August 30, 2019
The Tribune

The 'Paani Bachao, Paise Kamao' campaign, launched by the Punjab government to check depletion of underground water by offering financial benefits to the farmers for every unit of power they save, has started yielding good results. A total subsidy of Rs 15.74 lakh for saving 3,93,645 units has been disbursed among the enrolled consumers of six pilot feeders so far, as per reports of TERI.

The right to water

August 21, 2019 |
August 21, 2019
Mumbai Mirror

TERI has recently published a piece titled 'India's rampant urban water issues and challenges', explaining how growth in urban population leads to additional water demand. "In 2001," the piece says, "urban population was 285 million and assuming water supply of 135 litres per capita per day, the domestic water demand is estimated at around 38,475 million litres per day.

Modi govt's promise of water for all faces monsoon challenge, infrastructural woes

August 1, 2019
| Dr Syamal Kumar Sarkar
| Dr Shresth Tayal
| The Print

Finance Minister announced the government's aim to provide potable water to every rural household by 2024 in Budget 2019-20. This is a key step towards achieving the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals on water, which seek to achieve by 2030 "universal and equitable access to safe and affordable drinking water for all". What shows the Narendra Modi government's commitment is the integration of decision-making by merging water resources and drinking water ministries to form the new Jal Shakti Ministry.

With no new money, India's water ministry struggles

July 9, 2019 |
July 9, 2019
India Climate Dialogue

There is now an experiment to pay farmers to save water, being tried in three villages of Punjab by TERI. The farmers are being told that if they use less than a certain amount of water, they will be paid for every litre they save.

Government rolls out plan to save water, says it will be a mass movement

July 2, 2019 |
July 2, 2019
The Indian Express

The government has commissioned a study through TERI to look at the massive water consuming industries such as steel, cement, power, and prescribe benchmarks for each.

High time States set up water regulators

June 4, 2019
| Dr Syamal Kumar Sarkar
| The Hindu Business Line

The tariff policy framed by a water regulator should be based on consultative approach and the consumers may be charged only the operation and maintenance costs in the initial stages and the capital costs later. There is a need to protect the vulnerable sections through targeted subsidy. The positioning of an independent water regulator is an important step in managing water in the 21st century. The water institutions created in the 20th century in States are unlikely to deliver positive results unless these are restructured and comprehensive reforms are initiated in the water sector.


Drought Proofing India: Key Learnings from Bundelkhand Drought Mitigation Package

February 28, 2019

Bundelkhand Drought Mitigation Package was implemented by erstwhile Planning Commission and now NITI Aayog in the 13 drought-prone districts of Bundelkhand region of Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh for reducing the adverse impacts of drought to the communities in the region. Bundelkhand package evolved with the consultation workshops held with the local stakeholders organised at village panchayat and district level. These workshops identified the key needs and shortlisted the key areas of interventions as expressed by the stakeholders.

Aligning India's water resource policies with the SDGs

November 6, 2018

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, adopted by all United Nations Member States in 2015, provides a shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet, now and into the future. At its heart are the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which are an urgent call for action by all countries. The SDGs recognize that ending poverty and other deprivations must go hand-in-hand with strategies that improve health and education, reduce inequality, and spur economic growth – all while tackling climate change.

Water Neutral Electricity Production in India: Avoiding the Unmanageable

December 14, 2016

Water scarcity has the potential to impact the financial viability of thermal power plants by affecting the project’s rate of return. This could be due to delays in project execution leading to cost escalation and revenue losses, as well as due to affects during the operating life of the project. During operations, any drop in plant load factor may reduce the revenues.

Discussion Paper : Perspectives on a Water Resource Policy for India

October 30, 2014

India sustains nearly 17 per cent of the world's population but is endowed with just four per cent of global water resources. About 50 per cent of annual precipitation is received in just about 15 days in a year, which is not being brought to productive use due to limited storage capacity of 36 per cent of utilizable resources (252 BCM out of 690 BCM). Leakage and inefficiencies in the water supply system waste nearly 50 per cent of usable water. The ground water level is declining at the rate of 10 cm per year. Over 70 per cent of surface water and ground water resources are contaminated.

Enhancing water-use efficiency of thermal power plants in India: need for mandatory water audits

December 24, 2012

This policy brief discusses the challenges of water availability and opportunity to improve the water use efficiency in industries specially the thermal power plants. It presents TERI’s experience from comprehensive water audits conducted for thermal power plants in India. The findings indicate that there is a significant scope for saving water in the waste water discharge, cooling towers, ash handling systems, and the township water supply.


Multidisciplinary research on natural resource conservation

We conduct water audits and quality testing that typically include: Estimation of building water use; recommendations of water saving fixtures; estimation of landscape water demand based on input on the soft areas, plant species factors, and the climatic factors; estimation of rainwater harvesting potential and recommendations on the reuse and recycling of treated waste water and rainwater, and appropriate waste-water management schemes and systems.


Associate Director, Water Resources
Area Convenor, Water Resources Policy & Management
Area Convenor, Centre for Himalayan Ecology