Workshop kick-starts process for wastewater policy transformation in Indian State of Karnataka

Karnataka_WastewaterReuseWorkshop1The 2030 Water Resources Group (2030 WRG) in consultation with the Karnataka Urban Development Department, and in particular, the Karnataka Urban Water Supply and Drainage Board (“KUWSDB”), recently hosted a multi-stakeholder workshop “Wastewater Reuse by Industry in the State of Karnataka” to initiate discussions on policy options and drive circular economy solutions.

Considering the acute water scarcity faced by Karnataka, reuse of industrial and municipal wastewater provides a cost-effective solution to use existing water resources more efficiently while promoting economic development and employment.

Karnataka_WastewaterReuseWorkshop2Highlighting the need to unlock operational bottlenecks by catalyzing an action-oriented policy framework, the discussions focused on institutional, governance, financial, and implementation arrangements for wastewater reuse, substantiated by on-ground learnings. The workshop concluded by identifying the next steps which include the drafting of a comprehensive policy on the topic through a multi-stakeholder committee as well as acceleration of project implementation in the field.

 

For more details contact Rochi Khemka (rkhemka@ifc.org) / Chaminda Rajapakse (crajapakse@ifc.org)