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Dear Friend, 

CSE is committed to taking forward its policy to practice work in water and wastewater. The urban and rural water teams of CSE are engaged with both water and wastewater management research, policy and program implementation at the national level, state level as well as supporting and partnering internationally in global south countries.

Kindly refer to the CSE website for more information on our ongoing programs and upcoming trainings and events.

In the last few months, we had both the World Water Day (22nd March) and the World Environment Day (June 5th).

The theme of the World Water Day this year was ‘GROUNDWATER - MAKING THE INVISIBLE VISIBLE’. It has drawn spotlight after a long time, on the importance of understanding groundwater. We all know that Indian agriculture is dependent on groundwater more than surface irrigation. Dependence on groundwater for urban water supply and industrial water remains critical and becomes critical in the pre monsoon time.Defining what is “invisible”, in a political economy, lithography and water management perspective is important. National missions – Jal Jeevan Mission and AMRUT – recognise water security as a basis for sustainable service delivery (water supply). City Water Balance Plan and Water Security plan – are integral to the JJM. What is important to define water security – is in its equity and justice realm, not just overall water security.

Secondly understanding the trajectory of groundwater recharge and extraction needs to be nuanced. Simply doing more water recharge measures but extracting more and more water, may ultimately impact the recharging potential of the aquifers. The research done by ACWADAM shows that groundwater recharge increases with watershed interventions may increase the storage of groundwater (dependent on the aquifer typology), but with increased extraction for irrigation or industry use, even recharge rate can fall. Thereby lowering the extractable groundwater from the previous levels.

Thirdly, Climate change adds to the crisis of groundwater extraction in India, the crisis is already there. Water is seen as the single most important factor in all climate change mitigation and adaptation measures. The recent IPCC report says that “About 60% of climate-change adaptations — such as irrigation and harvesting rain — address water-related hazards. Droughts, floods and rainfall variability have already reduced the rate of growth in crop and livestock yields. Changes to climate can be too fast and large for adaptations to work.”

World Environment Day theme – Only One Earth – draws attention to the urgency of action to reduce global warming, essentially through reduction of fossil fuel emissions leading to greenhouse gases. Despite visible impacts of extreme variation in climate, in heat waves, rainfall and droughts – not enough is being done to reduce emissions. Developing southern countries are demanding developed countries to pay southern countries to transition to fossil fuel use reduction. Neither willingness of developed countries to pay for this transition, nor a viable mechanism by developing global south countries to take this assistance and use it to promote decentralised green energy production, is visible.  Large corporations of developed northern countries and also in developing southern countries seem to be dictating policy, to ensure that the transition from fossil fuel to green energy (read as green hydrogen), does not impact their current business. In this scenario, raising awareness of decentralised renewable energy as a priority and not green hydrogen, reduction of total energy use and not simply replacing an the unsatiable energy demand from fossil fuel to green fuel – is important policy aim for all of us.

The Water and Waste Program is working on the following priorities this year:

  • Capacity Building for District Wide Faecal Sludge Management. Addressing the critical issues of concept, scale, technology and systems.
  • Rural Water Supply – source sustainability of drinking water sources, in collaboration with Collaborate with Jal Jeevan Mission
  • Strengthening Faecal Sludge and Septage Management (FSSM) work, with focus on City Wide Inclusive Sanitation (CWIS) in India.
  • Global Learning & Capacity Building Engagement on Water, Water Sensitive Urban Design, Water Security, Wastewater and CWIS.
  • Producing a set of learning collaterals in support of national missions and as learning collaterals for national and international audience
  • Training of Trainers initiatives for partners on wastewater and water and climate change

  • Your suggestions and feedback are welcome at:

    Best regards,
    Depinder Singh Kapur
    Director - Water Programme
    School of Water & Waste Activities, Initiatives and Resources
    Please find below our events, news updates, tools and opportunities for you to learn more and collaborate with us in our ongoing and upcoming endeavours.
    On-site/ Online Events and Media Coverage
    Student-led Seminar and Exhibition: Urban Planning & Development
    04 February, 2022

    Dr Suresh Kumar Rohilla, former Senior Director – CSE was invited as one of the expert member to address faculty and students of M.Plan/ B.Plan who presented academic research projects on various themes of urban planning and development.
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    Pan-Asia Capacity Building Roundtable cum Workshop: ‘Water – Wastewater and Sanitation Sensitive Planning for Climate Change Resilience Building in South Asian Cities’
    09 February, 2022

    The School of Water and Waste (SWW) – AAETI (a unit of CSE) organised the Roundtable cum Workshop to connect with key water sector players and practitioners and discuss opportunities for developing regional partnerships for mainstreaming sustainable urban water management practices in South Asia. More than 300 registrations from 125+ cities across 16 countries were received for the roundtable, including the alumni of CSE–SWW and other organisations working in urban water management in the Global South.
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    Pan-Africa Capacity Building Roundtable cum Workshop: ‘Water – Wastewater and Sanitation Sensitive Planning for Climate Change Resilience Building in African Cities’
    15 February, 2022

    The School of Water and Waste (SWW) – AAETI (a unit of CSE) organised the Roundtable cum Workshop as a part of series to connect with key water sector players and practitioners (including training courses alumni) and discuss opportunities for developing regional partnerships for mainstreaming sustainable urban water management practices in African cities. More than 250 registrations from 120 cities across 25 countries were received for the roundtable, and 130+ registrants attended the workshop.
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    Webinar: “NammaNela, NammaJela”: A Discussion on Water Positivity by BIAL
    16 February, 2022

    Dr Suresh Kumar Rohilla, former Senior Director – CSE was invited as key speaker at the virtual webinar organised by Bangalore International Airport Limited (BIAL). The webinar focussed on how economical (profit), social (people) and ecological (planet) values play an integral part in sustainable progress of water management. Dr Rohilla presented on urban water sustainability and key aspects that drive urgency in development that is both sustainable and equitable. He also showcased some examples of implemented actions globally.
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    The Urban Water Resilience Agenda Operationalization Design Workshop
    22 February, 2022

    World Resources Institute (WRI) organised the design workshop aimed at identifying game-changing shifts that can be coordinated and scaled, to contribute to the Joint Africa Urban Water Resilience Agenda, a continent-wide initiative to accelerate urban water resilience. Dr Suresh Kumar Rohilla, former Senior Director – CSE was invited to be part of the four working groups to articulate and develop the governance, fundraising, advocacy and outreach plan and to identify gamechangers.
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    Onsite Event: CSE-NMCG 1st year Annual Review Meeting
    10 March, 2022

    On successfully completing the first year of the CSE-NMCG (National Mission for Clean Ganga) three-year action research and capacity building initiative on ‘Making Ganga basin cities water-sensitive’, an annual review meeting was organised which was chaired by the newly joined Shri G Ashok Kumar, Director General, NMCG to review the work done in 1st year and discuss the way forward.
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    Onsite Event: World Water Day 2022 Celebration in Chunar
    22 March, 2022

    On the occasion of World Water Day, 2022, CSE – Technical Support Unit (TSU) in support with Chunar nagarpalika (CNPP) organised a rally kickstarting from CNPP office to Jalkal office in Chunar. The rally broadcasted IEC messages through placards and audio messages on the importance of wise use of water, groundwater recharge, and protecting water from malasur. A total of 30 participants comprising Chairman, Junior Engineers, Revenue Inspector, Sanitation and Food Inspector and various other stakeholders of CNPP participated in the rally and contributed in outreaching around 500 citizens of the city.
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    Onsite Update: Tracking and Monitoring for operational FSSM projects in Uttar Pradesh
    March, 2022

    CSE has partnered with the Department of Urban Development (Uttar Pradesh) to keep a track on the progress of the state in bringing about reforms and implementing interventions which would help in achieving effective Faecal Sludge and Septage Management. As per the latest data a total of 146.9 million litres of safely treated faecal sludge has been recorded from 30400 no. of tanker trips in 8 cities of UP, i.e., Jhansi, Unnao, Lucknow, Kanpur, Loni, Modinagar and Agra.
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    Soft Commissioning of 20 KLD Co-treatment project at 24 MLD STP- Bijnor
    18 April, 2022

    CSE – TSU (Technical Support Unit) Bijnor facilitated the water leakage testing and trial of Bijnor co-treatment project from 18th April to 18th May 2022. The 20KLD co-treatment site is now soft commissioned and receive regular on demand faecal sludge at the site.
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    9th City Sanitation Task force (CSTF) meeting in Chunar
    25 April, 2022

    Dr Sumita Singhal, CSE and TSU Chunar successfully facilitated the CSTF meeting organized in the conference Hall of Chunar Nagar Palika Parisad (CNPP) under the chairmanship of Mr Mansoor Ahmad, Chairman, CNPP and Mr Rajpati Bais, Executive Officer, Chunar. The members discussed on 9 points agenda to ensure effective Faecal Sludge & Septage Management (FSSM) and city-wide scheduled desludging in the city.
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    Capacity Building: Advanced Residential Trainings
    Health and Safety of Desludging operators in Prayagraj
    16 - 17 February, 2022

    CSE – Programme Support Unit (PSU) in collaboration with Water Sanitation and Hygiene Institute (WASH Institute) organised a two days onsite training programme of Desludging operators at Jal Kal Vibhag (H.Q) in Prayagraj, Uttar Pradesh. A total of 45+ desludgers including sanitation workers engaged in sewer maintenance services from Jal Kal Vibhag, Prayagraj attended the training.
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    Health and Safety of Desludging operators in Ghaziabad
    24 - 25 February, 2022

    3 days advanced training programme aimed at building a cohort of practitioners and managers to mainstream Decentralised Wastewater Treatment Systems (DWWTs) was attended by 32 participants from both government and private organizations.
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    Urban Waterbodies Rejuvenation and Management
    22 – 24 February, 2022

    CSE – School of Water and Waste (SWW) organised the CSE-NMCG advanced residential training at the Anil Agarwal Environment Training Institute (AAETI). A total of 31 participants attended the training programme, out of which 26 were government officials.
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    ‘Action Plans for Making Cities River- and Water-Sensitive’
    11 – 13 April, 2022

    CSE – School of Water and Waste (SWW) in partnership with National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA) and supported by National Mission Clean Ganga organised a 3-day residential training cum workshop at the Anil Agarwal Environment Training Institute (AAETI). A total of 16 participants, comprising young, mid-career and experienced professionals from both private and public sector attended the training.
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    Effective Faecal sludge and Used Water management
    27 – 30 April, 2022

    CSE – Programme Support Unit (PSU) to Department of Urban Development (Government of Uttar Pradesh) in collaboration with Regional Centre for Urban and Environmental Studies (RCUES), Lucknow organised a 4 days training programme at Lucknow. The training was attended by 25+ state/ municipal functionaries from different ULBs of Uttar Pradesh.
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    Decentralised Wastewater Management and Local Reuse
    10 – 13 May, 2022

    CSE – School of Water and Waste (SWW) organised the CSE-NMCG advanced residential training at the Anil Agarwal Environment Training Institute (AAETI). A total of 28 participants (both govt and private officials) from different regions of India attended this training programme.
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    Capacity Building: Online Trainings
    ‘City-wide Water and Climate Resilience through Water Sensitive Urban Design and Planning’
    25 January – 06 February, 2022

    CSE in partnership with Water Research Commission (WRC), South Africa, the Future Water Institute at the University of Cape Town (UCT) and the Jones Lang Lasalle (JLL) organised an international virtual training programme for African practitioners.
    A total of 53 practitioners attended the workshop (out of 87 registrations) from 10+ cities in South Africa and 2+ cities across Uganda.
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    Preparation of Shit Flow Diagram (SFD) for Caribbean Countries
    21 March – 01 April, 2022

    CSE in partnership with Global Water Partnership – Caribbean, organised an international virtual training programme on providing practical and hands-on experience on preparation of SFDs. A total of 28 international participants from the Caribbean Islands attended the training, representing govt. depts, consultants, planners, researchers and academicians.
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    Outreach: Resources, Publications and Blogs
    CSE-trained professionals prepare India’s first rural water and sanitation safety plan (WSSP)
    01 March, 2022

    Jyoti Parsad, CSE through this blog captures the impact of capacitating local non-profits who were involved in the WSSP preparation for the Brahmandiha Gram Panchayat of Bankura district in west Bengal.
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    CSE alumnus impact: How a green entrepreneur helped restore Kham River
    02 March, 2022

    Dr Sumita Singhal, CSE through this blog shares the journey of revival of the Kham River in Aurangabad, Maharashtra which is a fine example to showcase how wastewater treatment technologies can be used to save the country’s waterbodies.
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    Beyond Toilets: Managing human waste across the sanitation chain in India
    14 March, 2022

    The article talks about India’s journey in addressing sanitation issues. It dwells upon the role of SFDs in mapping deficiencies and achievements across the sanitation value chain in India.
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    Here are five ways to counter groundwater depletion in the Ganga basin
    04 April, 2022

    Ms Charu Upadhyay, CSE through this blog gives us five ways of management of river catchments, surface water bodies, wastewater, and the agricultural sector, in addition to a water resources database that can help in restoring groundwater and improve the Ganga’s flow.
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    Upcoming Events
    Online Training on 'Urban Groundwater Management' - Issues, Challenges, Approach, & Potential
    June 21 - July 1, 2022

    CSE – SWW is organising an online training on Urban Groundwater Management with special reference to the issues, challenges, approaches, and potential. The training will help in mainstream water-sensitive urban design and planning (WSUDP) for urban groundwater management.
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    Online Course on ‘Green Infrastructure – Effective measures for urban flooding and groundwater management’
    July 13 – August10, 2022

    CSE - School of Water and Waste is back with this online course for the third time in series. The course aims to build basic orientation of practitioners on Blue-Green Infrastructure and eventually build a community of practice who can successfully work towards designing and implementing green infrastructure interventions in town/ cities.
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