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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    Climate change impacts on Himalayan glaciers and implications on energy security of India

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    Critical policy interventions to fast forward micro irrigation in India

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    A green agenda: Destressing India's water situation

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

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    Time for a strategy on ocean development and Indian maritime security

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अगले 10 साल हैं ज़रूरी: WSDS में होगी 2030 के लक्ष्यों को पूरा करने के लिए चर्चा

Ms Shweta
20 देशों के प्रतिनिधि आएंगे साथ एक ही मंच पर वायु प्रदूषण, ई-गतिशीलता, नवीकरणीय ऊर्जा, ऊर्जा दक्षता, हरित वित्त, नीली अर्थव्यवस्था, टिकाऊ खपत, कई मुख विषयों पर होगी चर्चा। सतत विकास में योगदान की होगी पहचान, सस्टेनेबल डेवलपमेंट लीडरशिप अवार्ड से नवाज़ा जाएगा।

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 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.


NITI Aayog isn't doing enough to make India more water-use efficient

December 2, 2019
| Dr Syamal Kumar Sarkar
| The Wire

NITI Aayog has published the second edition of the Composite Water Management Index (CWMI) for creating a culture of data-based decision making and encouraging "competitive and cooperative federalism" in water governance. The index analysed the water data at state levels (25 states and two union territories).

Dawn of India's Era of Digital Water Systems: Experts Look Towards Artificial Intelligence to Address Scarcity

November 8, 2019 |
November 8, 2019

The ICDL 2019 conference, organised by TERI, brought together the who's who of the water sector under one roof to set the agenda of digital water, 'not as option, but as an imperative' in the country.

Tackling volatility in the supply of water

October 25, 2019
| Dr Ajay Mathur
| The Telegraph

The linkages between the received wisdom about water availability and its use in agriculture have increasingly been under threat on account of climate change. We are already seeing greater volatility in water availability and supply as predicted by global climate change models, which predict increasing disruptions in hydrology. These changes would further stretch our ability to produce food for all. The crises are a result of political and public-policy emphasis on large scale public infrastructure for enhancing water supply for irrigation.

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.


Climate change impacts on Himalayan glaciers and implications on energy security of India

November 8, 2019

Climate change has a strong influence on the precipitation over the Himalayas as well as melting response of glaciers or snow cover in Himalayas. This, in turn, affects the runoff pattern of rivers draining from the glaciated catchments of Himalayas. Three major river catchments along with their several tributaries originating from Indian as well as Nepal part of Himalayas receive a significant contribution from the Himalayan cryosphere, especially during the non-rainfall lean period of the year.

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.


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