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ASSOCHAM has been actively participating in an urgent and pressing need for better provision of clean water in India. Our population is rising at a staggering rate and demands ever more resources, while the changing climate is making matters worse. Lack of clean drinking water leads to millions of deaths every year in poorer countries, while in most affluent countries the rising demand for clean water is outstripping supply.  

It has been estimated that 80 percent of India’s surface water is polluted which results in India losing $6 billion every year due to waterborne diseases. Water cycle imbalances, increasing water consumption and wastage in urban areas, political and regulatory disputes, increasing irrigation and agricultural demand industrial growth, lack of optimal water resource management technologies and water-borne diseases pose major challenges to the Indian water sector. According to estimates, India’s water sector requires investment worth US$ 13 billion. Development of new and sustainable means to supply, recycle and reuse precious water resources is the most significant challenge facing governments, international organizations and research agencies in the 21st century. We need to get serious about water fast to avert a major future global economic and humanitarian crisis. 


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