The largest and most economically significant river basins in Karnataka – Krishna and Cauvery – already face a water demand-supply deficit. With projected increases in population growth from sixty one million in 2011 to eighty million by 2030, coupled with increased water requirements for the urban, industrial and agricultural sectors, there is an urgent need for coordinated action across Karnataka’s inhabitants and businesses to better manage their water resources and sustainability.
2030 WRG is currently working on catalyzing state-wide solutions for agri-water efficiency, particularly through state-wide adoption of drip irrigation in the sugarcane sector, as well as reuse of treated municipal wastewater in industry.
The 2030 WRG conducted a hydro-economic analysis, which showed that Karnataka could become the most progressive agri-water state in India, increase average farmer incomes by 100 percent, and create a surplus of 11.2 billion m3 of water by 2030. To achieve this vision, the state will need to implement integrated water resources management and increase investment in infrastructure.
The 2030 WRG has engaged in two now finalized analyses related to Karnataka’s water resource management situation and is working with key stakeholder groups in Karnataka to develop and demonstrate successful models for water security in the state. 2030 WRG is supporting agri-water efficiency in canal command areas through partnership models of government with agribusiness companies, banks, input/ technology providers and farmers and is working in conjunction with the Urban Development Department on identifying Public-Private Partnership (PPP) opportunities for circular economy solutions within the urban and industrial sectors.
The 2030 Water Resources Group (2030 WRG) is a public, private, civil society partnership that supports country-level collaboration designed to unite diverse groups with a common interest in the sustainable management of water resources.