As India heads towards an ever deepening water crisis, we seek to create efficient solutions for managing water resources. These include various initiatives to promote water conservation on the one hand, and on the other, to improve water use efficiency in industrial, domestic and agriculture sectors. To achieve our goal of ensuring long term sustainability of water resources, we focus keenly on policy interventions as well as developing the knowledge and capabilities of all our stakeholders.



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    Sustainable Groundwater Management in Lucknow City

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    Policy Brief

    TERI Advanced Oxidation Technology (TADOX) to treat textile and dyeing wastewater, achieve zero liquid discharge, and enhance water reuse: R&D-based policy recommendations

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    Hiccups in the Himalayas: Reading the Warning Signs in Uttarakhand

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    Water Sustainability Assessment of Chennai

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    Mahindra-TERI Centre of Excellence launches Chennai Water Sustainability Assessment Report

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Mainstreaming Climate-Resilient Water and Sanitation Infrastructure For Long Lasting Impacts

Ms Manisha Jain

In this article, Manisha Jain and Dr Kriti Akansha highlight that it is necessary to support long-term thinking, transformation, flexibility and innovation while taking the associated climate risks into consideration to attain climate resilience. There is a need for a robust framework that ensures climate policies are integrated into all sectors and that planning, implementation, and evaluation are strictly followed.

Microplastics in the Ganga River - How Dangerous is the Situation?

Microplastics in the Ganga River - How Dangerous is the Situation?

Microplastics are recognized as a main source of marine pollution.

Water Crisis in India: The World’s Largest Groundwater User

In this article, Anita Khuller says that with increasing news of areas facing water shortages and drought, saving water and using it more efficiently has become the need of the hour. Globally, providing clean drinking water is becoming a bigger challenge with population growth.

गुरुग्राम के सिकुड़ते तालाबों के लिए बहुआयामी दृष्टिकोण ज़रूरी

Ms Shweta

2025 तक गुरुग्राम की पानी की आवश्यकता 874.3 मिलियन लीटर प्रतिदिन तक पहुंच सकती है और ये आवश्यकता 2007 की तुलना में लगभग तीन गुना अधिक है। पानी की ज़रूरत बढ़ेगी लेकिन साथ ही खबर ये भी है कि इस शहर के जल निकाय खतरनाक स्तर पर सिकुड़ रहे हैं। इसके कारण कई हैं, जैसे - बिल्डरों के अतिक्रमण, सीवेज की डंपिंग, गाद और निर्माण कचरा और इसकी वजह से 55.2 (2007 में) किमी2 से 2025 तक जल निकाय 0.42 किमी2 तक सिकुड़ने का अनुमान है।

हवा से पानी बनाने की मशीन - बुझा सकती है गाँव की प्यास

Ms Shweta

देश में पानी की कमी को हल करने के लिए जल संरक्षण की पारंपरिक समझ को आधुनिक तकनीकी विकास और क्षमता के साथ मिलाने की ज़रूरत है। ‘एयर टू वाटर’ तकनीक दूरदराज और साथ ही दूषित पानी की समस्या झेल रहे क्षेत्रों के लिए पानी की आपूर्ति के अवसर देती है।

पानी की बचत और संरक्षण की दिशा में चार अहम कदम

Dr Syamal Kumar Sarkar
जल संरक्षण के प्रयास या वर्षा जल संचयन के प्रयास स्थानीय स्तर पर होने चाहिए और स्थानीय प्रयासों के बिना जल संरक्षण के प्रयास व्यापक अभियान का रूप नहीं ले सकेंगें पानी के पुनर्चक्रण और पुन: उपयोग को अपनाया जाना चाहिए। ट्रीटमेंट के तरीकों में प्राकृतिक उपचार प्रणाली को शामिल किया जाना चाहिए गैर सरकारी संगठनों, स्थानीय निकायों और व्यक्तियों को स्थानीय पंचायतों के साथ गहनता से जल संरक्षण के काम में शामिल किया जाना चाहिए जल प्रबंधकों और नीति निर्माताओं को जल प्रबंधन प्रशिक्षण दिया जाना


Water Sustainability Awards 2022-2023

March 21, 2023
to March 21, 2023

21 March 2023 | 1400 hrs – 1730 hrs | Silver Oak, IHC, New Delhi

The Energy and Resources Institute, in association with the Ministry of Jal Shakti, UNDP India, and International Water Association (IWA), is organizing the second edition of the Water Sustainability Awards at Silver Oak, India Habitat Centre on the eve of World Water Day- March 21, 2023

Pumped Storage Plants : Key Enabler of India's energy Transition

October 28, 2022
to October 28, 2022

At the Glasgow COP26 meeting last year, the Hon’ble Prime Minister promised to strengthen India’s climate commitments. He made five promises, and called them the 'Panchamrits.' India’s new 2030 targets are the following:

TERI-IWA-UNDP Water Sustainability Awards 2021-2022

March 22, 2022
to March 22, 2022

On 22nd March 2022, 1400 hrs – 1730 hrs

Launch event for the Centre of Excellence on Water Reuse

December 24, 2021
to December 24, 2021

Launch event for the country's first Centre of Excellence on Water Reuse

On 24th December 2021 | 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM (IST)

Closing Ceremony of 'Live with Water'

November 15, 2021
to November 15, 2021

The closing ceremony of the 'Live with Water' project will see the launch of the book ‘Reclaiming the blue planet’ in the presence of H.E. Marten van den Berg, Ambassador to The Netherlands in New Delhi

On 15th November 2021 | 15:00 - 16:00 Hrs (IST)


Groundwater needs a recharge

August 28, 2023
| Dr Syamal Kumar Sarkar
| The Hindu Business Line

Given the perilous groundwater levels, artificial recharge and rainwater harvesting are important says Dr Syamal Kumar Sarkar, Distinguished Fellow, Water Resources Division, TERI.

Tokyo can show Delhi how to prevent floods

July 27, 2023
| Dr Sonia Grover, TERI and Mr Bharat Ramachandran, TERI-SAS
| Money Control

Tokyo had commissioned the G-Cans project or Metropolitan Area Outer Underground Discharge Channel which consists of five huge silos, 6.5 km connecting tunnels, storage tanks and pumps. It has saved the Japanese government about $1.4 billion in disaster relief and rehabilitation, says Dr Sonia Grover, Fellow, Water Resources Division, TERI and Mr Bharat Ramachandran, Student, TERI School of Advanced Studies.

Regulatory initiatives for water conservation

June 15, 2023
| Dr Syamal Kumar Sarkar
| The Hindu Business Line

India has shifted from an age-old "state-centered" decision-making model in the water sector to a "market-determined" paradigm. Independent regulators are positioned to restructure the water sector with an emphasis on institutional reforms, a demand-responsive approach, and community participation in the management of water resources. On the whole there is an urgent need for undertaking water conservation by water regulators in all sectors including agriculture (industrial or domestic).

ET Boardroom Dialogues 2023: What to expect at the two-day summit driving leadership action for a sustainable future

June 2, 2023 |
June 14, 2023
The Economic Times

The ET Boardroom Dialogues 2023, in partnership with Diageo India, will define the roadmap for accelerating the adoption of sustainable water solutions and leading the transition to a carbon-neutral future. With the theme of ‘Water and carbon actions for a sustainable future,’ the summit will bring together top industry leaders and decision-makers to drive leadership actions for a better tomorrow.

Our rivers have rights

May 1, 2023
| Dr Syamal Kumar Sarkar, TERI and Dr Girija Bharat, Founder Director, Mu Gamma Consultants
| The Hindu Business Line

Rivers are valuable natural sources for drinking water, provide sediments to floodplains, valley, and contribute to the rich biodiversity. They are contributors of ground water recharge to acquirers and interconnect the ecological and hydrological systems. They include different orders of streams and their catchments. They have a right to life, which needs protection write Dr Syamal Kumar Sarkar, Distinguished Fellow, Water Resources Division, TERI and Dr Girija Bharat is the Founder Director of Mu Gamma Consultants, Gurugram.

Turning the table: Delhi recharges more groundwater than it extracts

April 6, 2023 |
April 6, 2023
The Times of India

Out of 34 assessment units in Delhi, over 44% are overexploited, which is higher than the national average. In those tehsils, overexploitation will lead to a sharp decline of water levels and depletion of groundwater levels, said Dr SK Sarkar, Distinguished Fellow, TERI.


Emerging Role of Blue Finance in the Asia-Pacific Region

October 29, 2021

The policy brief critically examines pathways in which the funding gap for implementing SDG 14 targets can be bridged, using tools such as well-defined regulatory framework and collective partnership.

Food and Land Resources: Incorporating Watershed-Based Approaches for Better Sustainability-Productivity Balance

August 4, 2021

The overall purpose of watershed programmes is to enhance incomes, provide food security through sustainable agriculture and prudent management of natural resources. This directly corresponds to SDG 1 and 2, i.e. No poverty and Zero Hunger respectively.

TERI Advanced Oxidation Technology (TADOX) to treat textile and dyeing wastewater, achieve zero liquid discharge, and enhance water reuse: R&D-based policy recommendations

March 22, 2021

The policy brief focuses on innovation in textile wastewater treatment with emphasis on integration of TADOX at secondary treatment stage or at pre-biological stage

Detecting SARS-COV-2 in wastewater An Early Warning Signal for Covid-19

February 10, 2021

The Policy Brief is a result of the research study titled ‘Monitoring of Community wastewater for early signaling the spread of COVID-19’, supported by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) jointly undertaken by The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), SRM Institute of Science & Technology (SRMIST), & Mu Gamma Consultants Pvt Ltd (MGC).

Monitoring of community wastewater for early signalling the spread of COVID-19 in Chennai City

December 14, 2020

Wastewater has emerged as a good indicator for the presence of SARS-CoV-2 as confirmed by several research studies across the globe through the detection of SARSCoV-2 Ribo Nucleic Acid (RNA) in faeces of symptomatic and asymptomatic patients.


Multidisciplinary research on natural resource conservation

We conduct water audits and quality testing that typically include: Estimation of building water use; recommendations of water saving fixtures; estimation of landscape water demand based on input on the soft areas, plant species factors, and the climatic factors; estimation of rainwater harvesting potential and recommendations on the reuse and recycling of treated waste water and rainwater, and appropriate waste-water management schemes and systems.

Director, Water Resources
Area Convener, Centre for Himalayan Ecology