Water Management | Centre for Science and Environment


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.

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Training on Urban Rainwater Harvesting System, Joydebpur, Bangladesh

Date: September 24-27, 2016

Venue: Chuti resort, Joydebpur, Bangladesh

Center for Science and Environment (CSE) and Water Aid Bangladesh (WAB) are jointly organizing a 3 day training programme for capacity building of practitioners, academicians and government officials from Bangladesh on Urban Rainwater Harvesting System.

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Training programme on Sustainable Urban Water Management: Rainwater Harvesting and Decentralised Wastewater Treatment

February 23-26, 2016 at CSE, 38, Tughlakabad Institutional Area, New Delhi-110062

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Training Program on City Sanitation Plan – Part III, January 28-30, 2016 (Trivandrum, Kerala)

The third handholding training on the “Preparation of City Sanitation Plan (CSP)- Part III” took place at Maria Rani Centre, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala from 28-30 January, 2016. 

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Training Programme on Water Sensitive Design and Planning: Towards Sustainable Urban Development.

Date: 14 to 16 July, 2015

The Water Programme at Centre for Science and Environment (CSE), recently conducted a three day training programme on "Water Sensitive Design and Planning: Towards Sustainable Urban Development" on July 14-16, 2015. It was organized under the "Capacity Building of Urban Local Body" (CBULB) programme sponsored by the Ministry of Urban Development (MoUD), Government of India. 

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Workshops for Mainstreaming Rainwater Harvesting in Rwanda, 29 June - 1 July 2015 at Kigali, Rwanda

CSE Water team on invitation of Rwanda Natural Resources Authority and Rwanda Ministry of Infrastructure conducted a training, supported strategy workshop followed with roundtable meetings to develop a long term partnership.

The details of meeting are as follows:   

Training on Urban Rainwater Harvesting:  29th June 2015 

International Training Workshop
  India- Africa Experience Sharing Workshop / Training Programme  
   
  International Training Programme on Mainstreaming Sustainable Urban Water Management

Date: March 23-26, 2015
Venue: Colombo, Sri Lanka

 
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India-Africa Experience Sharing Workshop on Septage Management including Decentralised Wastewater Treatment

26th February, 2015

Venue: Tamarind Hall, Core 4B, Upper Ground, India Habitat Centre

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Handholding support for Preparation of City Sanitation Plans in Telangana state: CSE – GIZ joint training programme(s)
South Asia Water Programme Partners and Practitioners Meeting

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Water Wealth

A Briefing Paper on the State of Groundwater Manage ment in Bangladesh 

By: Sushmita Sengupta, Amandeep Kang, Nitya Jacob, September 2012 

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Water Management plan for Gurgaon

Wise Water Use in Gurgaon 
An action plan for HUDA, MCG and residents

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Towards Conservation of Waterbodies

 June 11, 2013
Colombo, Sri Lanka

Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) India organised a day long workshop on conservation of waterbodies in Sri Lanka on June 11, 2013.

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Excreta does matter - A Knowledge sharing seminar in Khulna on Water and Sanitation, September 08, 2013

CSE organised a seminar on water and sanitation in partnership with Centre for Coastal Environmental Conservation, a Khulna based NGO.

Vice President Hamid Ansari expresses concern over scarce water resources as well as the stark inequity in access to water : March 4, 2013, New Delhi

He was speaking at Centre for Science and Environment’s Second Anil Agarwal Dialogue on water and wastewater management in cities, titled ‘Excreta Does Matter’
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Excreta does matter - A report: March 4-5, 2013

On World Water Day, we release the report of the Second Anil Agarwal Dialogue: Excreta Does Matter. This two-day meeting attempted to join the dots between improper and inadequate sewage treatment and India's growing water crisis. It brought together about 500 people from NGOs, private sector, academia and the government to present and debate the challenges of urban sewage treatment and water supply. Please click here for the full report.
 

 

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The River needs water

The Yamuna River continues to attract bad press for being a sewage canal.

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State Level Workshop on "Water conservation and wastewater recycle/ reuse in Rajasthan – Issues and Challenges" in Jaipur, Rajasthan

Jaipur, February 7, 2013: CSE organised a state level workshop on “Water conservation and wastewater recycle/ reuse in Rajasthan - Issues and Challenges” on February 7.

CSE recommends BOD as suitable parameter for water quality, wants equipment approval simplified

Biological Oxygen Demand (BOD) is a satisfactory parameter to measure water quality. However, the process of measurement should be improved and speeded up. Two ways of doing this are using a bio-sensor based system or a spectrophotometer, that give results within minutes and are nearly as accurate as laboratory-based monitoring. That said, conventional laboratory testing must also be made more robust with clear protocols for sampling, transport and testing.

New national water policy in the pipeline

A new and approved National Water Policy is expected to be in place by 2013. The revised policy will take on board crucial issues such as water demand management, equitable distribution, water pricing, stringent regulatory mechanism and allocating priority to water for life-support and ecology over industry. The new approach to the water policy is likely to recognise water as finite and variable. This is supported by the mid-term appraisal report of the XIth Plan, in which the Planning Commission recognised the need to "take a holistic view of the hydrological cycle" to solve the water crisis as India's water situation is even more serious than originally assessed.

Drinking water for the last person

Training programme for village communities and Panchayat officials

Background
The Department of Drinking Water Supply (DDWS), Ministry of Rural Development, has nominated the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) as a Key Resource Centre by DDWS to undertake activities of research, training and awareness creation.

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Project on sustainability of drinking water sources

Centre for Science and Environment in partnership with the Department of Drinking Water Supply will conduct training programme, research and monitoring for sustainability of drinking water sources.

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Churning Still Water - Briefing Paper on Urban Waterbodies

Urban waterbodies play an important role in flood control, groundwater recharge and water supply to help cities adapt to climate change effects.

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Capturing Rainwater

A way to augment Chandigarh’s water resources

Anil Agarwal Dialogue: Excreta Does Matter


March
4-5, 2013, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi

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Decentralised Waste Water Treatment

The water and sewage management in cities will determine the growth of cities in India. Most cities are today water stressed, unable to cope with the water demand of the growing urban populations and to treat the resulting wastewater. Cities are continually coping with different forms of crises – water scarcity in summer, floods in monsoons and water pollution throughout the year.

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Rain Water Harvesting

Centre for Science and Environment has been working on promotion of the concept of water harvesting for more than a decade now. CSE started its campaign with the research on traditional systems of water harvesting systems existing across the country. The research was followed by the publication of the book, Dying Wisdom: Rise, Fall and Potential of India’s Traditional Water Harvesting Systems.

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River Pollution

With growing urbanisation and industralisation India faces the challenge of providing clean and safe drinking water to all citizens. In the name of economic growth most rivers and streams are turning into sewers. As more and more rivers are getting polluted, the municipalities are finding it difficult to treat river water to safe levels and supply it to citizens.
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Research

     
 
 
  SEPTAGE MANAGEMENT
A Practitioner’s Guide
 
 
  Watersensitive Urban Design and Planning
A Practitioner’s Guide
 
 
  POLICY PAPER
Mainstreaming Energy Efficiency in Urban Water and Wasterwater Management in the wake of Climage Change
 
 
  POLICY PAPER
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
  CAPTURING RAINWATER
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
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  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

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Legislations

 

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.

Policies

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