Water Issues in India: Opportunities and Challenges

Posted by Tim Neely
March 24, 2011
Ambassador Roemer on Dal Lake in India

Water is a huge, cross-cutting issue in India. Water pollution and scarcity shape the lives of hundreds of millions of Indians every day: limited access to safe drinking water and proper sanitation present major health challenges; dwindling groundwater supplies and a growing population create a pressing need for increased efficiency.

World Water Day calls special attention to these challenges, and the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi is working hard to build partnerships and advance practical solutions, particularly in the areas of health, sanitation, and wastewater treatment.

This week, the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi held a workshop coinciding with World Water Day to present and discuss state-of-the-art agro-climatology and water resource simulation. This meeting was an important step in increasing collaboration between earth science and management agencies so that more sophisticated monitoring and modeling tools -- including satellite remote sensing -- can be used to address water issues in India.

Earlier this month, U.S. Ambassador Timothy Roemer also welcomed an enthusiastic audience of over 110 government, NGO, academic, and corporate representatives to an embassy workshop entitled "Water Issues in India: Opportunities and Challenges." His remarks highlighted the global importance of sound water resource management and the contributions of U.S. entities towards that goal. The workshop covered a broad range of water issues including health and sanitation, ground water depletion, water and energy, water and agriculture, pollution, conservation, recycling, and wastewater treatment.

On World Water Day, the embassy tweeted information about U.S. partnerships in water resource management and facts about water issues in India. For example, not many people might know that almost 90 percent of the water used in India is to help grow crops. Next week, our Community Liaison Office will lead a tour of the highly-polluted Yamuna River to heighten awareness of pollution issues.

Water issues affect the lives of people not only in India and the United States but also in countries throughout the world. We are interested in hearing how the opportunities and challenges of water issues are being addressed in your community.

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Sarah G.
District Of Columbia, USA
March 24, 2011

Sarah in Washington, DC writes:

I greatly appreciate the State Department's concern for critical, global issues like water. Thanks for the extensive coverage, DipNote.

South Korea
March 25, 2011

Palgye in South Korea writes:

Water in India..

In India, drought or water issues to worry about the shortage of industrial and think that is at least 2-3 years. Drought or water shortage, but that it was lax in management and response system make a mistake stemming from a lack of people, not that he is not an absolute shortage.

India, along with economic development, water system, Armed professionally managed, at least you do not have to worry about water issues will be the country I think.

By any chance, the documentary reports on India, the well dries video reports, to refute the possibility that there are people, but most unwise to attract multinational companies and their monitoring and management for the growth of the shadow of thought stemming from neglect is.

All the while thinking, the area should think.


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Organic S.
July 7, 2011

O.S. writes:

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