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।


World Sustainable Development Summit 2024

February 7, 2024
to February 9, 2024

 7-9 February 2024 | New Delhi

Book Release: TERI Energy & Environment Data Diary and Yearbook (TEDDY) 2022-23

January 23, 2024
to January 23, 2024

TERI Energy & Environment Data Diary and Yearbook (TEDDY) is an annual publication brought out by The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) since 1986. TEDDY presents latest information on energy supply sectors (coal and lignite, petroleum and natural gas, power and renewable energy sources), energy demand sectors (agriculture, industry, transport, residential, and commercial sectors), and environment (local and global). It seeks to support policy research and decision-making by providing policymakers and researchers with the data which can be used to develop actionable solutions.

Water Sustainability Campaign

October 28, 2023
to October 28, 2023



 28 October 2023 | 04:00 pm - 06:00 pm (IST) 

NTCOE Lecture Series - River City Connect

October 10, 2023
to October 10, 2023

 10 October 2023 | Venue: Hybrid


Multi-pronged strategy needed to conserve groundwater

January 22, 2024
| Dr Syamal Kumar Sarkar
| The Tribune

Increasing water use efficiency is a must for reducing groundwater demand for irrigation, writes Dr Syamal Kumar Sarkar, Distinguished Fellow, Water Resources Division, TERI.

Water governance reforms overdue

January 1, 2024
| Dr Syamal Kumar Sarkar
| The Hindu Business Line

A regulator for the entire water sector at the State level is needed. Only 5 States have water regulators, says Dr Syamal Kumar Sarkar, Distinguished Fellow, Water Resources Division, TERI.

Cleaning our rivers

November 2, 2023
| Dr Syamal Kumar Sarkar
| Ms Niyati Seth
| The Hindu Business Line

Under the initiative of Namami Gange programme being implemented by NMCG, Integrated River Basin Management (IBRM) approach is being followed. The mission also includes promotion of sustainable agriculture, river hazard management, basin protection against disasters, etc. Further CPCB has also implemented several charters aimed at water recycling and pollution prevention for industrial sectors such as textile, pulp and paper, sugar, etc.

Prayers and pollution — the two Ps of the Puja

October 18, 2023 |
October 18, 2023
The Indian Express

Idols are mostly made of PoP and decorated with non-biodegradable materials which are highly contaminating in nature says Ms Niyati Seth, a Research Associate at TERI.

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.


Integration of TADOX® technology to achieve net zero in textile wastewater treatment: Policy recommendations based on pilot study in a CETP

February 8, 2024

Textile & Coloration Industry faces the most challenging issue of removal of colour and dissolved organics due to the presence of complex dyes and pigments in the effluent, which are not being able to be removed by conventional and biological treatment technologies. Which in turn impacts the biological treatment making is shock prone and leading to inadequate treatment with discharge of coloured effluent through drains in the rivers.

Benchmarking Industrial Water Use Efficiency in India: Opportunities for Water-Intensive Industries

February 8, 2024

The rapid expansion of population and industrial activities in India has led to acknowledging the critical importance of water conservation. Addressing the escalating water usage within water-intensive industries is essential, given their significant contribution to the economy alongside their substantial impact on water resources. Amongst the water-intensive industries, thermal power plants are the highest consumer of water, followed by pulp & paper, textiles, and iron & steel industries.

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


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