Technical review of the pilot projects implemented under AdoptIUWM

Integrated Urban Water Management Planning and Implementation

Recognition for AdoptIUWM city on India’s Republic Day

Meet Kavita Khatri - Mayor of Jaisalmer city

Project cities share experiences on IUWM implementation at national workshop for Toolkit launch

Abandoned borewell recharge in Solapur, an AdoptIUWM city, sets an example for drought-hit Maharashtra

IUWM campaigns promote water conservation and solid waste management

Rajasthan IUWM cities advance forward with support from the State


The State Government of Rajasthan has embarked on an initiative to establish a State Level IUWM (Integrated Urban Water Management) Committee, comprising of departments related to water and allied sectors at the State level to facilitate uptake of principles and practices based on IUWM at the State level. This was one of the key outcomes of the State level review meeting held in Jaipur, Rajasthan on 26 March 2014 for the EU funded Adopting Integrated Urban Water Management in Indian Cities (AdoptIUWM) project. This State level IUWM Committee will also have representatives from local NGOs, Project City Municipalities and State level Institutes.

The State Level Review Meeting was held after completion of Year 1 of the AdoptIUWM project to update the State Government on the key issues identified in the project cities – Jaisalmer and Kishangarh, the progress made so far under the project and the objectives planned for the upcoming year. The review meeting, chaired by the Principal Secretary Sh.D.B. Gupta (IAS), Department of Urban Development and Housing, Government of Rajasthan, was attended by numerous participants. Sh. Dinesh Kumar, Secretary, LSG, DLB and Sh. Beniwal, Director, DLB also attended the meeting along with representatives from project cities and other State level departments. The key issues that have been identified through stakeholder consultations and analysis in the 2 project cities of Jaisalmer and Kishangarh were also presented at the meeting. These issues are:

  • Jaisalmer: Conservation of inter linkages between ponds, high T&D losses (nearly 40%), poor condition of traditional rain water harvesting structures;
  • Kishangarh: Pollution of water bodies and groundwater due to marble slurry, eutrophication due to untreated wastewater and effluent. 

The Principal Secretary extended his support for the AdoptIUWM project and also suggested alternate funding options that can be explored for implementation of the first pilot project in the two cities.

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AdoptIUWM cities come together to review progress and share experiences


A Review cum Sharing Workshop for Urban Local Bodies in Development was conducted by the European Commission at Pune on 3rd and 4th April, 2014 in which officials from project cities for Adopting Integrated Urban Water Management in Indian cities (AdoptIUWM) - Jaisalmer and Kishangarh in Rajasthan, Solapur and Ichalkaranji in Maharashtra, came together with the ICLEI South Asia team, stakeholders and experts from other EU funded projects, with the goal to review the progress of the project and benefit from the peer learning environment.

The ICLEI team presented the progress on the activities undertaken during the first year of the project, the issues identified in the four cities and the plan for upcoming year. The major issues faced by the cities that were highlighted in the workshop are:

  • Jaisalmer: Lack of conservation of inter linkages of ponds in the city and dilapidation of traditional Rain Water Harvesting structures; Transmission & Distribution losses in Jaisalmer are as high as 40%;
  • Kishangarh: Pollution caused due to marble slurry discharge from the marble processing units which enters the water bodies in the city; eutrophication of ponds caused due to untreated wastewater discharge; 
  • Solapur: High costs of pumping water from distant source and issues of depleting groundwater table; 
  • Ichalkaranji: Untreated effluent from industries causing pollution of water bodies. 

As part of the workshop, the participants from the various project cities visited the various initiatives of Pune Municipal Corporation and local NGOs. The city representatives got a firsthand experience of sanitation initiatives and a biogas plant. The participants also had the opportunity to witness an awareness generation play on the ‘Clean Pune City’ initiative performed by the volunteers of an NGO.

Every participant gained from the sharing of ideas and experiences at the workshop and the city officials from project cities got an opportunity to interact with solution providers to discuss their issues and plans like wastewater reuse in their cities. The interaction the ICLEI South Asia team undertook with the National, State and City Level officials to increase project ownership was much appreciated.

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Maharashtra IUWM cities undergo water quality monitoring training


As part of the EU funded Adopting Integrated Urban Water Management in Indian Cities (AdoptIUWM), ICLEI South Asia - in partnership with Development Alternatives - helped the Municipal staff, NGOs and institutions in the project cities of Ichalkaranji and Solapur to get hands on training on water quality monitoring. Both project cities in Maharashtra have been provided with a portable water quality testing kit, which will be stationed at the municipality premises but will also be available for use by the local NGOs and institutions to monitor water resources in and around the city. The kit will help users undertake monitoring of 14 water quality parameters, including key physical, chemical and biological parameters.

Technical representatives from Development Alternatives, along with the ICLEI team, organised in each city capacity building on the need for water quality monitoring and significance of water quality parameters, and gave a practical demonstration of using the kit. Nearly 30 participants in Ichalkaranji and more than 40 participants in Solapur participated in this training. Concerned city representatives are now equipped to undertake water quality monitoring on their own.

Similar training programmes will also be organised shortly in the project cities in Rajasthan as well.

Paving the path for successful IUWM practices: AdoptIUWM cities’ plans for the next year


After one year of successful project activities, the project cities under the EU funded Adopting Integrated Urban Water Management (AdoptIUWM) Project are on their way to developing a Rapid Action Plan based on Integrated Urban Water Management (IUMW). Cities are also preparing a long list for the first pilot project to demonstrate the principles of IUWM. Subsequent to the first stakeholder consultation workshops in the cities, data collection at City and State level, consultations with City and State level officials and ward level reconnaissance surveys have also been undertaken in the project cities.

Ward level reconnaissance surveys were undertaken to validate the information collected through various means such as secondary data, consultations and workshops and to get a better idea about the situation at the ground level. Focus group discussions with selected city officials and citizen representatives were also conducted in nearly project cities to undertake spatial mapping of the urban water cycle, to discuss key issues faced by the cities and to prepare a list of tentative pilot projects for each city.

The key issues identified by the project cities for discussions were awareness generation in Solapur, traditional rain water harvesting systems and structures in Jaisalmer; and water metering in Ichalkaranji. Training in water quality testing is also being organised for the project cities, to help the local administration, NGOs and institutions to undertake preliminary quality check of the water resources in the city for which a portable water testing kit is being provided to each project city along with training on using the kit.

A State level Review Meeting was also organised in Maharashtra in January 2014 with State Government officials who encouraged ICLEI South Asia to form a committee at the State level for Integrated Urban Water Management. This Committee would involve stakeholders from all related State level departments and could be instrumental in facilitating interaction between the departments related to water and allied sectors.

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Key concerns and potentials identified at AdoptIUWM stakeholder workshops


The EC funded “Adopting Integrated Urban Water Management (AdoptIUWM) in Indian cities” (AdoptIUWM) project that was launched in early July this year, witnessed, during the months of September and October, the first set of stakeholder workshops being held in Kishangarh and Jaisalmer (Rajasthan); and Solapur (Maharashtra). The participation level was impressively high in all three cities, with a line-up of esteemed representatives from various government departments, NGO’s, citizen representatives and other institutions like the Public Health Education Department (PHED) Rajasthan, Rajasthan Urban Infrastructure Development Project (RUIDP), Central University of Rajasthan, Vivekananda Institute (Solapur) and others.

These workshops began with ICLEI introducing the project to the cities and the city representatives outlining their respective ongoing schemes and the need for adopting Integrated Urban Water Management approach. ICLEI South Asia also presented an analysis of the present scenarios in all cities and helped cities recognize their key concerns. The stakeholders at the Jaisalmer workshop brought forth the need for conservation and documentation of Jaisalmer’s traditional rain water harvesting techniques and systems. The ICLEI South Asia team also visited some of the traditionally interlinked ponds in the city. Solapur stakeholders showed great enthusiasm in getting trained in various aspects related to Integrated Urban Water Management (IUWM) so that they can further train the youth and other citizens. Kishangarh workshop brought to light the existing initiatives towards water and environmental conservation being undertaken by the citizens on a voluntary basis. The citizens of Kishangarh expressed concern over the extent of pollution of the ponds in the city due to wastewater discharge and marble waste which enters the ponds with runoff.

The cities also expressed the need for raising awareness about IUWM related issues amongst general public, most importantly the youth, who would be more readily available to volunteer and help cities work towards their goals under the AdoptIUWM project.

AdoptIUWM kick-off workshop sets things in motion for Indian cities

With the kick-off workshop taking place in Delhi on 5 July 2013, the EU funded “Adopting Integrated Urban Water Management in Indian cities” project was officially launched.

Chief Guest Ms. Nandita Mishra, Director, Ministry of Urban Development, highlighted how the exceptionally rapid urbanization that India is undergoing will put considerable additional pressure on urban infrastructure – initiatives such as the AdoptIUWM project are thus needed to help cities work towards integrated planning of water resources. While, according to Ms Mishra, the project cities can consider themselves lucky to be guided in this process by ICLEI, she wishes for the lessons learnt to be shared with other Indian cities too, so that many more municipalities can benefit from this pioneering approach. Mr Shouvik Dutta, EU delegation to India, recognized the crucial role that local governments play in the field of water management, and stated EU India’s plans to invest in cities and engage more strategically with them and their associations in the future.

Mr. Pardeshi, Undersecretary, Maharashtra emphasized the need for the AdoptIUWM project as it will complement the Maharashtra Sujal Nirmal Abhiyan, an initiative by the Maharashtra government towards water sector reforms. Mr. Meena, Director, Department of Local Bodies, Government of Rajasthan, highlighted the relevance of the initiative in a scenario where the responsibility for water supply in cities in Rajasthan is being handed over from the PHED (Public Health and Engineering Department) to Urban Local Bodies themselves. The mayors of Ichalkaranji and Solapur (Maharashtra) stressed the need to address water conservation and water pollution as measures to address the current water crisis in the region.

The four project cities (Solapur and Ichalkaranji in Maharashtra, Jaisalmer and Kishangarh in Rajasthan) presented the respective they are facing and trust ICLEI South Asia to provide technical support and solutions to their problems. The cities also expressed their concerns over the lack of political will and public willingness as a current hindrance in the implementation of water sector reforms. The issues of water pollution from industrial, agricultural and urban waste discharge were highlighted by the representatives from Ichalkaranji. Cities emphasized that State and Central government funding is difficult to access and in such a scenario, project based funding under IUWM is, although a small amount, a very welcome help. Mapping existing infrastructure was identified as a possible starting point towards improving the current situation. The need for equitable distribution and measures towards reducing transmission and distribution losses was also raised by the participating cities. The Rajasthan representatives highlighted the need to revive specially with respect to encroachment of catchment areas and discharge of domestic effluents into the water sources.

In the closing discussion it emerged that all the cities are presently fetching water from distant sources and need to focus on improving decentralization of infrastructure. The AdoptIUWM project will be an opportunity to tackle these and other issues.

Maharashtra cities join Rajasthan ones in pioneering IUWM approach in India

Shortly after the State of Rajasthan announced the two cities (Jaisalmer and Kishangarh) that will take part in the “Adopting Integrated Urban Water Management in Indian cities” (AdoptIUWM) project, the State Government of Maharashtra recommended the two municipalities, in the region, that will join them: Solapur and Icchalkaranji.

The city of Solapur will likely be included in the list of cities that will prepare a City Development Plan under JNNURM (Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission) Phase 2; the city administration is thus keen to develop, through the AdoptIUWM project, an Action Plan that can then be further taken up under JNNURM. The city is currently facing the challenges derived from an outdated water supply distribution network, which owing to poor designing increases distances leading to leakages. This will be one of the issues that will be tackled during the project, from an Integrated Urban Water Management perspective.

The project will be launched in Delhi at the beginning of July.

Jaisalmer and Kishangarh in Rajasthan to pioneer Indian approach to IUWM

Few months after the beginning of the European Union funded “Adopting Integrated Urban Water Management in Indian Cities” (AdoptIUWM) project, two of the four pilot cities have already been identified.

A meeting between ICLEI South Asia and the Principal Secretary of the Urban Development & Local Self Governance Department from the Government of Rajasthan led to the selection, in this state, of the cities of Jaisalmer and Kishangarh. ICLEI staff members visited Jaisalmer in April and presented the project, that was also introduced to the local media to raise awareness, amongst the general public, on AdoptIUWM and the crucial issue of Integrated Urban Water Management.

In some cities of Rajasthan, including Jaisalmer, the responsibility of the water supply provision is currently being transferred from the Public Health and Engineering Department to the Municipal Councils; the city is therefore particularly keen on the support from ICLEI through this transition phase. An IUWM perspective would also help address the issues of deterioration of ponds and their catchment areas and of service provision in slums that the city of Jaisalmer is currently facing.

Kishangarh, the second city selected in Rajasthan, is a hub for marble processing; the resultant impact on water resources, both in terms of water quantity and water quality, is a key concern for the city.

ICLEI South Asia met also the Principal Secretary, from the Water Supply and Sanitation Department of the Government of Maharashtra, and explained to him the scope and goal of the project. The Maharashtra government has currently identified 6 cities: Jalna, Thane, Dhulia, Yavatmal, Aurangabad and Nanded.

The two Maharashtra cities that will ultimately be selected to be part of the AdoptIUWM project will be shortlisted by the State Government of Maharashtra and announced by ICLEI South Asia at the project launch, planned to take place in June 2013 in Delhi, India.

The future of urban water management in India piloted in Rajasthan and Maharashtra

Supported by the European Union (Delegation to India), “Adopting Integrated Urban Water Management in Indian Cities” (AdoptIUWM) is being implemented by ICLEI South Asia in 4 cities of Rajasthan and Maharashtra, in partnership with the ICLEI European Secretariat and the Association of Flemish Cities and Municipalities. The project is supported by the Ministry of Urban Development, GoI.

Project cities will test the implementation of the contextualized and adapted Indian version of the ‘SWITCH – Managing Water for the City of the Future’ toolkit, to be developed under this project. This toolkit enables cities to integrate often isolated sectors of water supply, sewerage and storm water drainage and adopt IUWM practices in the planning and implementation of 8 pilot projects. Building capacity of municipal officials and other key stakeholders in pilot cities and dissemination of the IUWM tool-kit are key components.




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