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  • The real issue is universal access to affordable basic services

    Despite all promises, commitments & declarations made by Govts and international agencies over past four decades, the scale of deficiencies in provision of water & sanitation in rural and urban areas is astonishing.


    India is facing serious and persistent water resources crisis owing to growing supply-demand imbalance. The simultaneous effects of agricultural growth, industrialization and urbanization and inefficiencies in water use practices are some of the crucial problems.

  • A dam-building race in Asia: How to contain the geopolitical risks

    Dam building on transnational rivers is at the heart of the inter-riparian tensions in Asia. Asia is already the world’s most dam-dotted continent: It has more dams than the rest of the world combined.

  • Dwindling water supply in India spurs call for reforms

    India has more than 17% of world’s population, but only 4% of its renewable water resources and 2.6% of land area. The nation is reportedly the largest user of groundwater, with 14 of its 20 river basins considered water-stressed.

  • First India Water Week begins soon: 'Take-aways' to decide stickiness

    The Indian Government has finally decided to hold an annual jamboree around water. Beginning this year, the India Water Week proposes to be India's showcase event to the global water community. It is time that such a show was held.

  • Poor water governance and scarce water: Status quo in Indian Himalayas

    Given that mountains are considered as water towers, Government’s record shows that of 11 mountainous states in Indian Himalayas, only 57% habitations (national coverage is 74%) have been covered for drinking water supply.

  • Pepsico’s water claims in India are erroneous

    The India Resource Centre reports, “Pepsico is claiming that it has achieved ‘positive water balance’ in India. Pepsico’s claims are erroneous, misleading and deceptive. The company does not give back more water than it takes.”

  • Bottled water – A rapidly growing market in India

    If all the money spent on bottled water was invested in improving the infrastructure for a safe tap water supply, in terms of quantity and quality, then it probably wouldn’t be necessary to buy bottled water at all.

  • Water privatization, globalization and poverty

    Can you imagine a world where 1.5 mn children die each year due to lack of drinking water and sanitation? Can you imagine a world where water and sanitation fall into private ownership or where water is no longer a basic human right?

  • More social innovation needed To improve India's groundwater levels

    India's declining water table needs more investment in social innovation to help the things round. India is a severely water-stressed economy and as the scarcity increases, competing demands for water grow. Farmers are the first to be affected.

Nine of the 10 worst global risks are linked to water

Water is one of the world’s gravest risks, according to the Global Risks Report published earlier this week at the World Economic Forum in Davos. And the situation is actually worse than it might seem at first glance.