The current water stored at 91 major reservoirs, monitored by Central Water Commission (CWC), across India is less than last year's average storage and is also lower than the average storage in last 10 years.
India has made great strides to improve hygiene and public health, UN chief Ban Ki-moon has said while lauding Prime Minister Narendra Modi for "breaking taboos" by making sanitation a national priority.
In a bid to conserve surface and rain water to provide round the year assured irrigation, the West Bengal government has taken up a project to construct around 800 check dams and other water harvesting structures, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said.
Organisations including the World Bank and the Second Administrative Reform Commission have suggested measures like increasing water tariffs in urban areas for sustainable development and management of groundwater in the country, the Parliament was informed Thursday.
Wonder where the water you just gulped down came from? The tap, the office water dispenser, under the earth or from the sky? Well, it actually landed on Earth from space some four billion years ago - covering an unknown journey of hundreds of millions of miles - to finally reach your kitchen.