Despite this seemingly inexhaustible supply of water on earth, access to clean drinking water remains a major challenge for a large percentage of the world’s population. The cause for this water crisis is essentially the unsustainable management of water resources.

Although awareness levels about sustainable water management and conservation have improved significantly over the years, the necessity for additional information remains. The need for people to be informed and to develop a broader understanding has intensified due to the growing demand for water, newer technologies in water management and also, the changing water-related regulations and policies.

Ever since its inception in 1989, CPREEC has been actively promoting sustainable water resource management and ‘water conservation as a way of life’.

Water Resource Management Programme at Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve

  • Groundwater Demand Management Programme in four districts of Tamilnadu (in collaboration with the Tamilnadu Water and Drainage Board)
  • Installation of rainwater harvesting units in several residential areas of Chennai, 2003.
  • Environmental Education for Conservation of Water Resources in Kanchipuram District, Tamilnadu, 2002-03.
  • Environmental Education for Water Resource Management in Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve (sponsored by UNEP) 2001-02.
  • International Workshop on Developing Self-learning Materials, Modules and Curriculum on Water Conservation at School Level (in collaboration with UNESCO) 2001.
  • Water quality monitoring in Nilgiris, 2000.
  • Status of groundwater in Chennai (since 1999).
  • Desilting of ponds in selected villages of Tiruvallur District, 1998-2000.
  • Eco-village and watershed management in Nenmeli, Tamilnadu 1994-1997.
  • Construction of rainwater harvesting structures at Kanchipuram, 1991-1992.