Online Course: Water Woes-Reality of Urban Water Management

November 19, 2018

Registration Closed
'Participants scoring in the top 10% will receive a 50% discount after course completion'.
Commitment: 4-5 hours a week

Course Details:
Starting: January 21, 2019
Ending: February 24, 2019
Total Study Load: 28 hours
Last date to apply – January 16, 2019


Cities in India and South Asia are spiralling. Our climate is changing, making cities more prone to extreme rain events and floods while water scarcity and pollution continue to grow. Ground water, lakes and rivers in India are exhaustively overdrawn (a CSE study showing ground water sources 48% of urban water supply in India), yet no city in the country has adequate water supply. Fresh water sources are reducing due to rapid urban expansion. Cities encroach and pollute them as wastewater is disposed into water bodies untreated. Central Pollution Control Board indicates that 43,117 MLD(million litres per day) of untreated sewage flows into rivers across India (CPCB, 2015).Additionally, 351 river stretches across the country are polluted due to discharge of both municipal and industrial waste water over the years (CPCB, 2018).

The course will provide a holistic perspective on today’s waterscenario and emphasize the need to move towards a water secure future. It will help practitioners and decision makers with various other commitments to improve their subject-knowledgeonlinein their own time, using a highly supportive and interactive learning platform.

Tohelp students, working professionals and environmental enthusiasts learn state-of-art concepts and principles of improved urban water management at their own comfort.
Learning Objectives:

  • Identify gaps in water provision, access and governance
  • Recognize the various external and internal stresses and shocks to water bodies in a city
  • Indicate the current problems with water infrastructure
  • Illustrate the increasing scope of a decentralised approach to water management
  • Demonstrate inequity in access and pricing of water in a city
  • Suggest scope for interventions based on different problem scenarios and contexts
  • Identify tools and approaches for urban water management

The course will consist of the following modules:
Module I: Water and Development – Understanding present complexities
Module II:Overview of Urban Water Governance – Alternative reforms 
Module III: Basic Principles of Nature-based Urban Water Management
Module IV: Introduction to Tools and Approaches to operationalize interventions

The course comprises of self-study, technological learning tools such as presentations, videos featuring case studies from various countries, interviews with experts, inspirational talks, and other audio material. It will facilitate interactionamongst participants through online forums and discussions. Also, it will be interactive with several interesting assessment exercises and quizzes. Participants will also get a chance to interact and learn from experts at CSE through online interactions and a webinar.

Target Audience:

  • Working professionals and decision makers from government and non-government institutions
  • Accredited EIA consultants
  • PMU assisting Govt. in mainstreaming water and sanitation measures
  • Recent graduates and environment enthusiasts
  • Researchers and academics interested in curriculum development
  • Other sector professionals with a desire to update their knowledge on the water scenarios

Benefits upon completion:
This course is part of School of Water and Waste’s objective to create ‘Urban Water Leaders’. Top 10 participants who perform well on the course will be invited to AAETI, Nimli with a fully funded fellowship for one of our upcoming training programs. Participants who perform exceptionally well during these training programs will be awarded the title of ‘Urban Water Leaders’.
Additional benefits include:

  • Top 10%  will get a 50% refund of their course fee
  • One year free subscription to Down To Earth magazine after enrolment

Course fee
Indian participants: Rs 3500/-
Overseas participants: USD 100

Course Coordinators

Rudresh Sugam
Senior Programme Manager
Water Programme
+91-11-40616000 (Ext: 389)

Ruhil Iyer
Research Associate
Water Programme

Course Director

Suresh Rohilla
Senior Director, CSE
Academic Director, School of Water & Waste, AAETI



Alumni Feedback
“The study materials, videos and instructions to approach the assignment or to prepare for the Quiz were quite fruitful. The data was easy to understand and the language of the study material was easy to grasp. The examples given in course material gives clear understanding of the matter.”

Rahul Kumar
Management Trainee
Quality Council of India, New Delhi
“I was impressed with the video, especially the way they were structured and content. They were very informative.”

Hezron Magambo
Urban Sanitation Engineer
SNV Netherlands Development Organisation, Tanzania
“CSE is a think tank and provides comprehensive knowledge on issues of current importance.”

Sandesh Yadav, Researcher
“Involvement of course facilitators& also the supporting staff (who were very polite and humble) was outstanding.”

Aakanksha Agrawal,
Deputy Architect,
Central Public Works Department (CPWD), New Delhi