Research shows that nearly 771 million people across the world need access to safe drinking water across the globe. The planet has limited water that is distributed unevenly. The government in India has shown concern about water shortages and increased efforts for water conservation, like the construction of check dams, rainwater harvesting, promoting recharging of underground water projects, and many others. Similarly, many NGOs are working effectively with the stakeholders to popularise the water conservation concept.
Therefore, let’s look at the top Indian NGOs playing a crucial role in impacting lives and promoting sustainable water conservation practices.
The contributions of NGOs to water projects and water conservation in India
For 24 years, Sehgal Foundation has been working on water projects with the aim to focus on community-led development initiatives for achieving economic, social, and environmental changes in India. This organization primarily works in semi-arid regions of Rajasthan, Haryana, and Bihar. It is restoring and building infrastructure in villages to store rainwater with the support of communities. This organization has also played an important role in creating awareness about water conservation needs, constructing water storage dams, and reviving traditional water bodies.
The Environmentalist Foundation of India is a reputed Indian water conservation NGO that is working effectively on water projects. It uses a holistic approach that includes habitat restoration and wildlife conservation. This organization aims to revive freshwater habitats like ponds and lakes across India. EFI works in many rural hinterlands as well as many urban areas.
The Sustainable Alternatives for Rural Accord, or SARA, is working hard to implement sustainable models under the swagrama program at different levels. This organization has revived nearly 10 lakes in 4 panchayats of Shivamogga, Karnataka. It presently focuses on many water projects to encourage better water management skills.
Tarun Bharat Sangh
The Tarun Bharat Sangh’s mission is to involve self-reliant communities in every step of development work. The organization has used indigenous community mobilization and water harvesting methods throughout the process. Currently, the organization has focused on water projects by combating the mining mafias and tackling issues like wildlife and human conflicts.
This organization is working to restore ponds in the delta region of Tamil Nadu by assisting farmers. It believes that water body restoration is the basic requirement that impacts the lives of people. Recently, this organization has restored 39 ponds in the Nagapattinam district of Tamil Nadu. It aims to improve the livelihood of farmers by increasing water storage and improving groundwater levels.
Jal Bhagirathi Foundation
Jal Bhagirathi Foundation has worked in the Marwar region of Rajasthan to address its challenges of water scarcity for decades. This organization focuses on water projects to construct and revive rainwater harvesting structures to recharge the groundwater. Experts say it is the best solution for water conservation.
Watershed Organisation Trust is working effectively on comprehensive rural development by taking initiatives like agriculture development, water management, climate change adaptation, and other water projects. Therefore, this organization has facilitated different water projects, including water harvesting structures to enhance better sanitation and drinking water facilities and the construction of check dams.
Centre for Aquatic Livelihood Jaljeevika
This organization plays an important role in water conservation by involving many fish farmers in water projects in states like Madhya Pradesh, Jharkhand, Andhra Pradesh, and Maharashtra. It aims to teach fish farmers water conversation and sustainable fishing methods. This organization encourages fishery cooperatives to do better management practices and new technologies to improve their livelihood. It enhances productivity and ensures the incomes of farmers through its integrated livelihood models.
All the above-mentioned NGOs are working effectively on water projects to save water across the region. Their efforts inspire many people across India to sustainably use and conserve water resources. However, these NGOs require the support of stakeholders and funding to fulfill their aims to conserve water.