Our work in Karnataka

Our Role

At the request of the Government of Karnataka, 2030 WRG has been engaged in Karnataka since 2010 to tackle the state’s growing water problems, impacting its largest and most economically significant river basins, Krishna and Cauvery.

As Secretariat to the Karnataka MSP – Water, the 2030 WRG has successfully mobilized the process of multi-stakeholder dialogue and action, in order to address major water sustainability issues. By convening key decision-makers across government, the private sector, civil society and development agencies, multiple initiatives are targeted within the next 2-4 year timeframe. These initiatives include a combination of: Government policy development to strengthen water resource management, institutions and policies; collective water action to improve water use efficiency and agri-productivity at the sub-basin level, and public-private partnerships designed to address water resource management opportunities. Each of these initiatives integrates work across the urban, industrial, and agricultural sectors for a consolidated impact on the water situation in the state. We also produce knowledge reports pertinent to the situation and decision-making on the best course of action.

In pursuance of the water management solutions identified through the hydro-economic analysis of the urban and industrial sectors, 2030 WRG is currently working on catalyzing state-wide solutions for Agri-water efficiency, as well as Waste Water Reuse in urban-industrial and peri-urban agriculture areas.


The 2030 WRG has engaged in two now finalized Hydro-Economic Analyses related to Karnataka’s water resource management situation. The first is an agriculture sector study developed by McKinsey together with inputs from the International Corps Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), the International Water Management Institute (IWMI), and Karnataka’s Department of Water Resources. The second is a report on the urban and industrial sectors conducted by Deloitte and a rapid assessment of wastewater reuse in three cities by Powertech.

Drip-to-Market Agri Corridor (DMAC)

Drip-to- Market Agro Corridor (DMAC) provides a dual focus on the promotion of drip irrigation, along with partnerships with agribusiness companies, input providers, financial institutions, and technology companies. 14 companies have signed MoUs with Government for offtake of various agricultural and horticultural crops directly from farmers, and additional 15 companies will sign MoU for the upcoming agriculture season. A DMAC PIU (Project Implementation Unit), headed by Agriculture Department with external consultants, Ernst & Young (E&Y) support the implementation of the  DMAC vision, Strategy and Agri-Plan to achieve market linkages, PPP-IAD projects, Infrastructure creation, finance facilitation and institutional support for farmers in Drip Irrigation Projects in Karnataka. Learn more about the DMAC and follow its journey in the gallery below:

Karnataka Urban Waste Water Reuse Policy

Facilitated by 2030 WRG, the Karnataka Urban Waste Water Policy promotes the use of treated water in urban areas in Karnataka. Salient features of the policy include the use of treated water by industries to at least 30% of their requirements and offtake of treated water by Industrial Areas from STPs located within 30KMs.

Guidelines for policy implementation have been prepared by 2030WRG. The State Government plans to implement the policy in at least 10 major towns in Karnataka and has allocated a budget of USD 1.5 million for implementation of the policy in three towns in Karnataka in the year 2019-20. The State Government has also constituted a State level Waste Water Reuse Resource Cell to facilitate PPP financing for Waste Water reuse Projects.

Use of treated water in Peri-Urban Agriculture

2030 WRG has completed a study to assess the demand for treated water for agriculture at Ramanagaram and estimate the supply of treated water from STPs located on the outskirts of Bangalore. The MSP has resolved to dovetail State Government efforts in Tank Filling works with reuse of treated water in agriculture in non-food crops such as Bamboo, agro-forestry, fruit trees, and sericulture.

PPP/Investment Prioritisation Framework for Urban Water (Bangalore)

Sponsored by 2030 WRG, Wood Plc. and PwC studied Urban Water Projects in Karnataka and have developed a tool to prioritize urban water investment in Bangalore. The excel sheet tool, providing scores to individual projects based on several parameters such as capital expenditure, return expected, the urgency of projects, etc., provides a means to undertake the water projects on the basis of the scores.

Industrial Wastewater Reuse

A pre-feasibility study is finalized to provide inputs for enabling Policy Environment for cross-sectoral collaboration for waste-water management with government-industry-civil society actors for an integrated approach to wastewater management. An Industrial Waste Water Resource Cell will promote circular water management including the development of benchmarks and structuring of Central Effluent Treatment Plants (CETPs) for SMEs through PPP financing.

Our Future

2030 WRG is working with key stakeholder groups in Karnataka to develop and demonstrate successful models for water security in the state. Working on the themes of technology and finance across the agri and urban-industrial sectors, 2030 WRG aims to contribute towards greater water use efficiency and wastewater treatment and reuse, while at the same time, supporting the development of structured implementation arrangements with robust governance mechanisms, capacity building of stakeholders, and monitoring and evaluation systems.

Future result areas include Improved water use efficiency, Agri-productivity, farm income,  private investments, and strong institutions under DMAC, Improved Water savings through private sector investment in urban and Industrial Areas as well as Guidelines for Safe Agri, Urban, Industrial Water, Waste Water Reuse and water security as part of post-COVID-19 economic revival process.