A National Round Table conference on Water Use Efficiency was organized by IELO at New Delhi on 27th February, 2013. The National Round Table mainly focused on “Model National Framework on Water Use Efficiency” for the National Bureau with regard to industry, commercial, domestic urban sectors.
IELO presented the project background and proposed a framework. IELO suggested that the legal options available to the Government of India are the setting up of the proposed institutional structure in the form of National Bureau of Water Use Efficiency (NCWUE) i.e., enacting National Water Conservation and Water Use Efficiency Framework Legislation and creation of NBWUE as an authority under Environment Protection Act, 1986.
Shri N S Samant, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Water Resources, Govt. of India stated that IELO has come up with a framework based on around 15 consultations held across various parts of India. Shri Samant emphasized the need to sensitize and educate people about water use efficiency. Shri S Shekhar, Addl. Secretary, Ministry of Environment & Forests, Govt. of India citing the example of urban conflict said that water utilities which supply water to urban areas are reporting loss of water due to leakages and distribution losses. Hence a regulatory framework for efficient utilization of water resources is required. The round table was attended by around 50 institutions.