Making every drop count

India's water resources are under stress with regard to

both the availability and quality of water. This stress

threatens not only agricultural and industrial development

but also the basic quality of human life. There are many

manifestations of India's water crisis. These include a

decline in per capita water availability, falling water tables,

poor access to safe drinking water and sanitation, and

deterioration of water quality. These problems have resulted

on the one hand from the growing demand for water from

all the consuming sectors – agriculture, industry and

households – and on the other hand from a policy and

regulatory framework that does not promote equity, efficiency,

and sustainability in water management.