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.

Given the growing population and water demand, the government will find it extremely difficult to raise financial resources to meet the growing water needs as well as to clean up the increasing levels of polluted water. The answers to meeting the challenge of the water crisis lie in a participatory, efficient and sustainable water management paradigm. Every person, household, company or community can contribute to this effort by mobilizing finances and labor. Thus, water management, from water conservation to water pollution, must become everybody’s business.

AMRUT Programme

Video & Infographics Widget

video Where does your shit go?

An eye opening video; How people respond upon asking "where does your excreta go? To map physical flow of excreta in settlements you can use 'Shit Flow Diagrams' . To learn more about Excreta Flow Diagram Watch this

video Faecal Sludge Management in Jhansi

The historic city of Jhansi was selected as one of the smart cities in 2015, by Government of India. As the city lies on the plateau of Central India, it is dominated by rocky relief, hence laying of underground sewerage network was a challenge.

video Harvest of Rain-CSE

A Public Service Advertisment on Rainwater Harvesting by Centre for Science and Environment (CSE)


Wastewater and Septage Management

MoU signed with CRCWSC and Alluvium International, Australia

CSE has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Cooperative Research Centre For Water Sensitive Cities (CRCWSC)  and Alluvium International, Australia as knowledge partners for mainstreaming Water Sensitive Urban Design and Planning (WSUDP) in India.

Water and Wastewater Management

MoU signed with Faculty of Architecture and Ekistics –Jamia Millia Islamia

CSE has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Faculty of Architecture and Ekistics (FAE)at Jamia Milia Islamia (JMI)

Water and Wastewater Management

CSE’s perseverance pays off

The Uttar Pradesh State Septage Management Policy was approved by Uttar Pradesh Cabinet on October 22, 2019.

Water and Wastewater Management

Government Advisory recognises the importance of SFD and CSPs

CSE has been advocating the use of SFDs for understanding the sanitation situation of the cities and then developing city sanitation plans based on the understanding of sanitation status for quite some time now. 

Work at CSE