Mr. Anshuman

Associate Director, Water Resources Division of TERI

About the speaker

Mr. Anshuman, Associate Director, Water Resources Division of TERI (The Energy and Resources Institute) has been working in the field of water sector since last 20 years. His key qualifications include M. Tech. in energy & environmental management from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), N. Delhi.

His expertise in the water sector lies in the areas related to integrated water resource management, water use efficiency, water quality & quantity assessments where he has carried out several comprehensive research studies in context of the source (surface water, groundwater), issues (water scarcity, pollution, use efficiency etc.), sectors (irrigation, domestic & industrial) and stakeholders (Central/state Governments and local communities). His focus work areas include Water use efficiency; Water audits; Urban water supply & demand management studies; Water conservation; Watershed management; integrated water resources management (IWRM); Climate change and water security; Provision of drinking water, Resource evaluation and pollution load assessment; Adequacy & efficiency studies of sewage & effluent treatment plants; Training and capacity building in water & environmental management; Regulatory legislations, Environmental impact assessment (EIA) studies etc.

He has been member of several advisory committees earlier and currently is member of Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) of National Institute of Hydrology (NIH) (Under Ministry of Water Resources, Government of India); Member of Sectional Committee for Water Quality for Industrial Purposes under the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS); Advisor, High Level Advisory Council of Aquatech organised by Amsterdam RAI & IWA (the International Water Association); Jury Member, Water Digest Water Awards, Organised by Water Digest and UNESCO.

He has executed several related projects, presented several papers at national and international fora and has several relevant national & international publications.

Topic of delivery : “Enhancing Water Use Efficiency in Indian Industries.”


Industrial water demand in India is expected to increase many folds by 2050, and giventhat Indian industries consume relatively higher amount of water for production, it is essential to encompasses strategies for sustainable water management involving interventions like enhancing water use efficiency, water conservation, recycle & reuse, etc., through an integrated approach. The National Water Mission emphasizes on increasing the water use efficiency (by 20%) besides IWRM, water conservation, wastewater recycle & reuse, water audits, etc.
Significant opportunities lie with water intensive industries including steel industry to enhance the water use efficiency in the industrial sector. There exists a range of interventions such as optimising cooling water & process water consumption, increasing the Cycle of Concentration (CoC), reducing CT blow down, reducing leakages/losses, reuse/recycle of wastewater, zero discharge etc., as well as water conservation through rainwater harvesting & groundwater recharge that can considerably reduce the specific water consumption.
A major role for sustainable water use can be performed through interventions like conducting water audits, mapping water footprints and undertaking water conservation and efficiency improvement interventions within the industry and its value chain. Besides, water conservation interventions at local watershed under the Corporate Social Responsibility activities, by involving local communities, can enhance regional water security along with community resilience to water stress.