Online Training on Water Efficiency and Conservation

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Increasing water demand -supply gap, flooding, depleting groundwater is common phenomenon in Indian cities. This has been attributed to rapid urbanization, thereby increasing the water scarcity in urban areas. As per the Government of India, the average annual per capita water availability will decline 13% between 2011 and 2025. Acc. to the Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation, 78% (688 m3 every year) water consumption within India is for agricultural sector: Second highest in the world! Few studies focus on improving the water efficiency in agricultural sector but no prominent study/guidelines are available for efficient use of water in urban areas. The ongoing water crisis, along with population growth calls for improved water management and adoption of Water Efficiency and Conservation (WEC) measures. WEC in Urban India shows that if cities with population of over 1.5 million practice WEC measures at the municipal scale, it would reduce the demand–supply gap for water and save up to 20% water. 

This online training is a part of series of activities envisaged under 3-year duration CSE programme – ‘Capacity building initiative focusing on ‘Making Ganga basin cities water sensitive’. Under this initiative series of – webinars, workshops, trainings, field exposure visits, knowledge conclaves are planned aimed at engaging 1,300+ state/ municipal functionaries and other sector players. The programme is supported by National Mission Clean Ganga and is part of the series of ongoing efforts by NMCG. 

About the training

The training will focus on providing conceptual understanding of the measures to be adopted in order to mainstream water-use efficiency and conservation at various scales of planning (city, neighbourhood and individual scale) in urban areas. Along with this, the training will help in learning about the tools, techniques and the applicability of initiating WEC practices. 

To enhance the knowledge of government officials/practitioners about concepts and applicability of water-use efficiency and conservation measures in urban India.

Training Highlights

  • Overview of existing issues and challenges in the water management in urban areas both at national and global level.
  • Learn about the concept of WEC and its measures focusing on rainwater harvesting, water conservation and reuse of treated wastewater.
  • Understand the tools, techniques and applicability of WEC planning.
  • Understand national missions, programmes, and standards applicable for mainstreaming water efficiency and water conservation in India.
  • Supported by Best Management Practices (BMPs) and case studies of successfully implemented projects both at national and international.

For more information, kindly contact:

Training Coordinator

Ms. Umra Anees
Programme Officer
Water Programme, CSE
Phone: +91-11-40616000 (Ext: 321)

Training Director

Mr. Depinder Singh Kapur
Water Programme, CSE




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Introduction to water-use efficiency and conservation, concept, relevance and importance

Umra Anees
Programme Officer, CSE
Policies, Governance and Standards for WEC

Akash Deep
Senior Program Manager
GRIHA Council
Reuse of treated wastewater and its significance

S. Vishwanath
Biome Environmental Solutions
Tools and Techniques of WEC: Water Audit, Water accounting and Water Balance

Rana Chatterjee
Former Regional Director
Central Ground Water Board
Water Balance Plan

Dr. Sumita Singhal
Programme Manager
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Who can attaend?
  • Central / State / Municipal functionaries (decision makers / managers and regulators): Planners (Urban/ Regional/ Environment), Engineers, Architects / Landscape Architects working in Town & Country Planning / Municipal Administration Department or State Urban Development Authorities
  • Engineers (Civil / Mech./ Envn.) or Planners working with Water Supply and Sewerage Boards / Jal Nigam or Jal Sansthan etc.
  • Any other programme dealing with water, sanitation, flood, river, wetland or environment related matters in the city and its urbanizable areas