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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    Sustainable Groundwater Management in Lucknow City

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    Policy Brief

    TERI Advanced Oxidation Technology (TADOX) to treat textile and dyeing wastewater, achieve zero liquid discharge, and enhance water reuse: R&D-based policy recommendations

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    Hiccups in the Himalayas: Reading the Warning Signs in Uttarakhand

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    Water Sustainability Assessment of Chennai

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    Mahindra-TERI Centre of Excellence launches Chennai Water Sustainability Assessment Report

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Mainstreaming Climate-Resilient Water and Sanitation Infrastructure For Long Lasting Impacts

Ms Manisha Jain

In this article, Manisha Jain and Dr Kriti Akansha highlight that it is necessary to support long-term thinking, transformation, flexibility and innovation while taking the associated climate risks into consideration to attain climate resilience. There is a need for a robust framework that ensures climate policies are integrated into all sectors and that planning, implementation, and evaluation are strictly followed.

Microplastics in the Ganga River - How Dangerous is the Situation?

Microplastics in the Ganga River - How Dangerous is the Situation?

Microplastics are recognized as a main source of marine pollution. The plastic products and waste materials dumped in the Ganga River break down and are eventually broken down into micro particles and the river finally transports large quantities downstream into the ocean.

Water Crisis in India: The World’s Largest Groundwater User

In this article, Anita Khuller says that with increasing news of areas facing water shortages and drought, saving water and using it more efficiently has become the need of the hour. Globally, providing clean drinking water is becoming a bigger challenge with population growth.

गुरुग्राम के सिकुड़ते तालाबों के लिए बहुआयामी दृष्टिकोण ज़रूरी

Ms Shweta

2025 तक गुरुग्राम की पानी की आवश्यकता 874.3 मिलियन लीटर प्रतिदिन तक पहुंच सकती है और ये आवश्यकता 2007 की तुलना में लगभग तीन गुना अधिक है। पानी की ज़रूरत बढ़ेगी लेकिन साथ ही खबर ये भी है कि इस शहर के जल निकाय खतरनाक स्तर पर सिकुड़ रहे हैं। इसके कारण कई हैं, जैसे - बिल्डरों के अतिक्रमण, सीवेज की डंपिंग, गाद और निर्माण कचरा और इसकी वजह से 55.2 (2007 में) किमी2 से 2025 तक जल निकाय 0.42 किमी2 तक सिकुड़ने का अनुमान है।

हवा से पानी बनाने की मशीन - बुझा सकती है गाँव की प्यास

Ms Shweta

देश में पानी की कमी को हल करने के लिए जल संरक्षण की पारंपरिक समझ को आधुनिक तकनीकी विकास और क्षमता के साथ मिलाने की ज़रूरत है। ‘एयर टू वाटर’ तकनीक दूरदराज और साथ ही दूषित पानी की समस्या झेल रहे क्षेत्रों के लिए पानी की आपूर्ति के अवसर देती है।

पानी की बचत और संरक्षण की दिशा में चार अहम कदम

Dr Syamal Kumar Sarkar
जल संरक्षण के प्रयास या वर्षा जल संचयन के प्रयास स्थानीय स्तर पर होने चाहिए और स्थानीय प्रयासों के बिना जल संरक्षण के प्रयास व्यापक अभियान का रूप नहीं ले सकेंगें पानी के पुनर्चक्रण और पुन: उपयोग को अपनाया जाना चाहिए। ट्रीटमेंट के तरीकों में प्राकृतिक उपचार प्रणाली को शामिल किया जाना चाहिए गैर सरकारी संगठनों, स्थानीय निकायों और व्यक्तियों को स्थानीय पंचायतों के साथ गहनता से जल संरक्षण के काम में शामिल किया जाना चाहिए जल प्रबंधकों और नीति निर्माताओं को जल प्रबंधन प्रशिक्षण दिया जाना


Water Sustainability Awards 2022-2023

March 21, 2023
to March 21, 2023

21 March 2023 | 1400 hrs – 1730 hrs | Silver Oak, IHC, New Delhi

The Energy and Resources Institute, in association with the Ministry of Jal Shakti, UNDP India, and International Water Association (IWA), is organizing the second edition of the Water Sustainability Awards at Silver Oak, India Habitat Centre on the eve of World Water Day- March 21, 2023

Pumped Storage Plants : Key Enabler of India's energy Transition

October 28, 2022
to October 28, 2022

At the Glasgow COP26 meeting last year, the Hon’ble Prime Minister promised to strengthen India’s climate commitments. He made five promises, and called them the 'Panchamrits.' India’s new 2030 targets are the following:

TERI-IWA-UNDP Water Sustainability Awards 2021-2022

March 22, 2022
to March 22, 2022

On 22nd March 2022, 1400 hrs – 1730 hrs

The TERI-IWA-UNDP Water Sustainability Awards aim to encourage the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goal on Water by way of reducing water footprint among various stakeholders through the adoption of the ‘water neutrality' approach.

Launch event for the Centre of Excellence on Water Reuse

December 24, 2021
to December 24, 2021

Launch event for the country's first Centre of Excellence on Water Reuse

On 24th December 2021 | 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM (IST)

Closing Ceremony of 'Live with Water'

November 15, 2021
to November 15, 2021

The closing ceremony of the 'Live with Water' project will see the launch of the book ‘Reclaiming the blue planet’ in the presence of H.E. Marten van den Berg, Ambassador to The Netherlands in New Delhi

On 15th November 2021 | 15:00 - 16:00 Hrs (IST)

Emerging Role of Blue Finance in the Asia Pacific Region

October 19, 2021
to October 19, 2021

The e-workshop intends to explore the emerging financial opportunities in the ocean economy and deliberate on mainstreaming best practices and geographic/market specific financing tools for sustainable ocean finance.


Our rivers have rights

May 1, 2023
| Dr Syamal Kumar Sarkar, TERI and Dr Girija Bharat, Founder Director, Mu Gamma Consultants
| The Hindu Business Line

Rivers are valuable natural sources for drinking water, provide sediments to floodplains, valley, and contribute to the rich biodiversity. They are contributors of ground water recharge to acquirers and interconnect the ecological and hydrological systems. They include different orders of streams and their catchments. They have a right to life, which needs protection write Dr Syamal Kumar Sarkar, Distinguished Fellow, Water Resources Division, TERI and Dr Girija Bharat is the Founder Director of Mu Gamma Consultants, Gurugram.

Turning the table: Delhi recharges more groundwater than it extracts

April 6, 2023 |
April 6, 2023
The Times of India

Out of 34 assessment units in Delhi, over 44% are overexploited, which is higher than the national average. In those tehsils, overexploitation will lead to a sharp decline of water levels and depletion of groundwater levels, said Dr SK Sarkar, Distinguished Fellow, TERI.

Chacha Chaudhary and TERI launch comic on water sustainability on World Water Day

March 23, 2023 |
March 23, 2023
The Print

Speaking on the launch of the comic title Chacha Chaudhary and Water-Our Right by the Diamond Toons in association with TERI on World Water Day, Dr. Syamal Kumar Sarkar, Distinguished Fellow, TERI, said this comic is appropriate, especially for young children. The book will encourage the children to become change agents during water use and its management.

Centre, states must join hands to ease water woes

March 22, 2023
| Dr Syamal Kumar Sarkar
| The Tribune

In the absence of reforms in India's water sector, the existing 256 water-stressed districts out of 766 in the country will tend to be water-scarce in the coming years, and more districts will fall in the water-stressed category. Every citizen must become a change agent regarding the way they consume and manage water. Preparing a climate-resilient water agenda has to be expedited; it should then be implemented urgently, says Dr Syamal Kumar Sarkar, Distinguished Fellow, TERI.

Water-stressed India: Channel treated wastewater from cities to irrigation and industry

March 22, 2023
| Dr Nimisha Singh and Mr Khalil Ullah Khan
| Moneycontrol

India is ranked the 13th most water-stressed country globally. Regarding wastewater generation, India tops the chart amongst South Asian countries. Treating wastewater and utilising it in agriculture and industry can protect freshwater and groundwater resources from overexploitation and pollution. Such a critical initiative needs better handholding of urban local bodies, says Dr Nimisha Singh, Research Associate and Mr Khalil Ullah Khan, Associate Fellow, TERI.

Experts stress on sustainable water use and innovative technologies at Water Sustainability Awards 2023

March 22, 2023 |
March 22, 2023
Asian News International

Water access and sanitation are the two areas where India has made progress as we approach the SDGs' 2030 time frame, according to Dr. S K Sarkar, Distinguished Fellow, TERI, who gave the welcome address at the Water Sustainability Awards 2023, which TERI hosted with the support of the United Nations Development Programme and International Water Association on the eve of World Water Day in New Delhi on 21 March 2023. He added that more work is needed in areas like improving water use efficiency, water treatment, integrated water management, and restoring the water ecosystem.


Emerging Role of Blue Finance in the Asia-Pacific Region

October 29, 2021

The policy brief critically examines pathways in which the funding gap for implementing SDG 14 targets can be bridged, using tools such as well-defined regulatory framework and collective partnership.

Food and Land Resources: Incorporating Watershed-Based Approaches for Better Sustainability-Productivity Balance

August 4, 2021

The overall purpose of watershed programmes is to enhance incomes, provide food security through sustainable agriculture and prudent management of natural resources. This directly corresponds to SDG 1 and 2, i.e. No poverty and Zero Hunger respectively.

TERI Advanced Oxidation Technology (TADOX) to treat textile and dyeing wastewater, achieve zero liquid discharge, and enhance water reuse: R&D-based policy recommendations

March 22, 2021

The policy brief focuses on innovation in textile wastewater treatment with emphasis on integration of TADOX at secondary treatment stage or at pre-biological stage

Detecting SARS-COV-2 in wastewater An Early Warning Signal for Covid-19

February 10, 2021

The Policy Brief is a result of the research study titled ‘Monitoring of Community wastewater for early signaling the spread of COVID-19’, supported by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) jointly undertaken by The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), SRM Institute of Science & Technology (SRMIST), & Mu Gamma Consultants Pvt Ltd (MGC).

Monitoring of community wastewater for early signalling the spread of COVID-19 in Chennai City

December 14, 2020

Wastewater has emerged as a good indicator for the presence of SARS-CoV-2 as confirmed by several research studies across the globe through the detection of SARSCoV-2 Ribo Nucleic Acid (RNA) in faeces of symptomatic and asymptomatic patients.


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 Convener, Water Resources Policy & Management
Area Convener, Centre for Himalayan Ecology