DELHI (October 3, 2019) — From using connected devices and remote sensors to novel desalination technologies, the Fourth Industrial Revolution promises universal access to safe drinking water. With about 20% of the world’s population without access to clean water living in India, how can advanced technologies contribute to the vision of providing clean water to all households by 2024?
That was the provocation for “Ways to Water,” the work session moderated by J. Carl Ganter, Vector Center’s CEO, at the World Economic Forum India Economic Summit October 3. The session included leaders from Asia business and government, and Bharat Lal, Additional Secretary of Jal Shakti India, who provided scene-setting remarks. The new ministry was formed earlier this year by India Prime Minister Narendra Modi who combined the Ministry of Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation, with the Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation.
The work session included discussion and debate about India’s extensive water challenges, particularly pressures of climate change, overuse of groundwater, equity, and wastewater and pollution — and how to develop customized, geo-specific policies for water delivery and management in India and across Asia.