Introduction (Vision & Mission)

Providing drinking water has become one of the major challenges in the world today with the ever increasing population and limited fresh water resources. India is faced with multifacetedissues related toaccessing drinking water and assuring the safety of drinking water.Several states in India face acute problems of safe water supply to its citizens. About 54% of India faces high to extremely high water stress. The available surface water bodies such as lakes/ponds/rivers are also contaminated and bacteriologically unsafe for consumption. The ground water at places is contaminated with geogenic pollutants such as fluoride, arsenic, iron, uranium, nitrate etc., making it unfit for drinking. Cities, with their expanding population and peripheries, generate sewage which is not wholly handled by existing infrastructure and is discharged into the water bodies. During 2015,the estimated  sewage  generation  in  the  country  was 61754 MLD  as  against  the  developed  sewage  treatment  capacity  of 22963  MLD (Central Pollution Control Board, 2015).All these factors make water scarce in quantity and unsafe in quality day by day and many agencies have taken up challenge to keep it as pristine as possible. Notwithstanding increase in demand for more and safe water, prudent efforts are being made to make this precious resource accessible to common man by many of us. Gradual decline in per capita water availability in India mainly due to increase in population and boisterous exploitation have made us to learn and adopt judicious practices to save water; advent of several classical and emerging chemical contaminants and  plethora of pathogenic microorganisms have led to invention and treatment to make water potable in order to protect health of consumers.

Water Technology & Management Division (WTMD) was established with an aim and focus of addressing the issues related to water and carry out research and development activities pertaining to water quality monitoring and surveillance, water treatment, water safety plan, water security plan, contaminant transport studies, hydrogeological investigations and water audits.WTMD has a history of various technology/processes development in the field of surface and ground water treatment for providing potable drinking water to large and small communities with constant efficiency and at an affordable price. One of the significant contributions was that of the development of NalgondaTechnique of defluoridation in the 60’s and 70’s. It was identified as one of the efficient and cost effective technique that is still in practice in countries like Kenya, Ethiopia and Tanzania.The work being carried out at WTMD is closely aligned with major missions of Government of India including Swastha Bharat, Swachh Bharat, Make in India, Innovate in India and Namami Ganga.WTMD has 11 scientific/technical andabout 20 researchers/project staff andnow has about 20 major projects with total contract value of Indian Rupee 125 million.

WTMDis the only WHO collaborating Centre for Water and Sanitation in India.

Major research areas

  • Water Quality Monitoring and Surveillance
  • Water Treatment
  • Groundwater Quality Assessment and Management
  • Hydrogeological and Geophysical studies
  • Development of onsite water quality monitoring kits
  • Quantitative Chemical Risk Assessment(QCRA)
  • Quantitative MicrobiologicalRisk Assessment(QMRA)
  • Development of localized water treatment technologies for potable water supply
  • Water safety and security plans
  • Sanitation safety plan

Technology Development and Implementation

WTMD has historically developed several technologies such as Nalgonda Technique for defluoridation, pot chlorinator etc. Following technologies are still in vogue:

  • Instant Portable Water Filter : NEERI-ZAR
  • Electrolytic Defluoridation
  • Iron Removal
  • Arsenic Field Test Kit
  • Water Quality Test Kit
  • Chemo defluoridation
  • Chemo-dearsenification

NEERI-Zar Portable Instant Water FilterSolar Energy Based Electrolytic Defluoridation Plants


  • GPS (Garmin)
  • Super Sting Multi Electrode  Resistivity Meter
  • Resistivity Meter (SSR-MPL)
  • Geo-physical Survey Instrument (GPR) –SIR-3000
  • GPR Antene (40 MHz, 200 MHz)
  • TerraTEM

Projects (Multilateral and bilateral collaborative project)

  • Natural Water Systems and Treatment Technologies (NaWaTech) to cope with Water Shortages in Urbanised Areas in India

Commissioned treatment plant at Ordnance Factory Ambajhari, Nagpur



  • Local Treatment of Urban Sewage Streams for Healthy Reuse (LOTUS)-Department of Biotechnology
  • Geophysical Methods to Monitoring Soil Bioremediation-Department of science and Technology (Indo-Italian)


Projects (supported by Ministry/ Departments of Government of India)

  • Assessment of Water Quality and Sediment Analysis to understand the Special Property of Ganga River- NMCG, MoWR, River Dev., & Ganga  Rejv., New Delhi

  • Impact of Magic Pits on Ground Water Quality and Quantity-Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation(MDWS).
  • Hydro-geological studies for determination of sea water intrusion at NCJW mine, Amreli District, Gujarat-CSIR-Central Institute of Mining and Fuel Research (CIMFR)
  • Development of mixed metal (hydro) oxide material for adsorptive removal of fluoride from groundwater at circumneutral conditions-Department of science and Technology
  • Predictive approach for early detection of contaminant zone in intermittent and continuous water supply systems and health impacts-Department of science and Technology
  • Training programmes for chemists and technical staff from water testing laboratories- Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation(MDWS).
  • Water & Air Quality Monitoring, Sampling, Analysis and Data Management: Hands-On-Training-Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) Delhi
  • Certificate Course on “Environment Management, Bio-Diversity and Environmental Monitoring (Air & Water Quality)”-Tehri Hydro Development Corporation Limited (THDCIL)

Projects (supported by State Government Organisation)

  • Testing of Drinking Water Samples for Heavy Metals / Toxic Metals/Pesticides / Fertilizers including Training Programme on Water Quality Testing-Water Supply and Sanitation Organization(WSSO)

  • Treatment plant evaluation, Department of Drinking Water and Sanitation(DWSD), Government of Jharkhand
  • Evaluation of Three Hand Pump Attachable Fluoride Removal Pilot Plants Installed by Various Agencies for Drinking Water Supply in Odisha State-Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Department (RWS&S)
  • Evaluation of Arsenic Contamination in Ground Waters-Public Health Engineering Department(PHED), Chhatisgarh
  • Assessment of Drinking Water Quality and Delineation of Treatment Options
  • Impact Assessment on groundwater, surface water and soil quality in the surrounding area of ash pond on 111 hectare land (Phase-II) of the Satpura thermal Power Station - MP Power Generating Company Ltd.
  • To ascertain dosing of High/Medium Basicity Poly Aluminium Chloride for Coagulation of Bisalpur Dam Raw Water at Water Treatment Plant Surajpura, Jaipur and Water Treatment Plant Kekri, Ajmer-Public Health Engineering Department(PHED) Rajasthan