4th Edition of India Industry Water Conclave on Sustainable Water Management

4th Edition of India Industry Water Conclave on Sustainable Water Management
 Policy Reforms, Market Creation and Technology Innovation


At present the Indian economy is struggling with excessive population and changing water resource conditions, making it a tremendous challenge for the authorities to bridge the gap between growing water demand and supply in an affordable way. Water Demand in the country is projected to very soon overtake the availability of water, this uncertainty can greatly be addressed by optimal management of our water resources and effective functioning of the water utilities. In this scenario, addressing water scarcity, enhancing water efficiency and increasing water productivity go hand-in-hand.

The theme this year focuses on policy reforms in water, technology innovation and dissemination, and creating market for wastewater. The conclave aims at highlighting the need to develop circular economy approach for sustainable water management, harnessing the interdependencies between water use of different sectors and risk mitigation issues for the water sector. It will also underline new adaptive strategies and business models to promote sustainable water and wastewater management. 


Plenary Session 1 - Policy Reforms Towards Sustainable Water Management

India has been identified as one of the most water-stressed countries with the growing imperative to manage water resources efficiently. Without a complete paradigm shift in the way water is managed in the country, India's overall growth process will be jeopardized. This necessitates radical policy reforms to bring about a change in governance, institutional framework, public private partnership framework and the way water is priced and used. The session will bring out perspectives on these aspects and how water sector should be treated as a sector of strategic importance.

Plenary Session 2 - Exploring Long-term Sustainability of Water Intensive Sectors: Best Practices and Success Stories

Leading companies are recognising the need to address water use efficiency not just from a compliance perspective but also from the perspective of long term sustainability. Several best practises and success stories in water use efficiency are showing the path to innovation and continuous improvement from business as usual scenario that are worth emulating within the same sector or across sectors. This session will present such top ranking initiatives by companies that are industry leaders.

Plenary Session 3 - Technology Innovation: Accelerating Adoption and Dissemination

There is an increasing pressure on water resources in India due to unprecedented and competing demand for water among agriculture, industry, urban and other uses. Various technologies and innovations have been developed over the years for promoting sustainable water management among different stakeholders to create favorable linkage mechanisms to provide more options, interventions and expertise. The session will focus on how best practices and robust business models can be scaled up and mainstreamed for enabling technology dissemination. It will also deliberate upon the enablers required for involvement of end-users in the development of the technologies, providing heightened probability of appropriateness and, therefore, adoption.

Plenary Session 4 - Urban Wastewater Management: An imperative for State Governments

Scarce and poor quality of municipal water is one of the most pressing problem in India. To meet the wide spectrum of challenges in the sector, there is a need for the public and private sector to work together to explore and identify innovative business models that can lead to efficient management of water and wastewater. Many Municipal Corporation’s in the country have undertaken sustainable initiatives for efficient management of urban wastewater and have also created benchmark over the years. The session will explore possible collaboration for private sector participation through innovative PPP models. It will also dwell on how these successful business models can be scaled and replicated in other cities.

Plenary Session 5 - Water and Sustainable Sanitation beyond ODF

Lack of access to safe water, adequate sanitation, growth in population are some of the greatest risks to economic progress and sustainable development. Corporates and the private sector at large can play an important role by transforming water and sanitation as an integrated business opportunity by establishing partnerships with NGOs, government, development partners, social enterprises and start-ups working in these sectors in both urban and rural areas. The session will facilitate a dialogue on how industry players can bring in expertise in the areas of sanitation technology, infrastructure, O&M and other components to create a robust market place for water and sanitation. This session will also touch upon the gender aspect by discussion on the impact of safe sanitation practices on Menstrual Health Management.

Plenary Session 6 - Connecting the Drops – Understanding Business Risks and Opportunities

Water is fundamental to all businesses and needs to be managed well. Water scarcity and water stress issues can have impact on business continuity. The session will highlight business perspectives on water related risks and opportunities and their experiences in building water risk resilience strategies for the long term.