Centre for water and sanitation (CWS)

The Rural Water Supply sector including sanitation has now entered the fourth generational phase (since 2007-08) with major emphasis on ensuring sustainability of services, affordability and equity by adopting decentralized approach involving PRIs and community organizations. The new guidelines of government of India sought to remove this handicap by formulating a coordinating mechanism through convergence of related programmes at the field level like National Rural Health Mission (NRHM), National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (NREGS) and others. From an institutional perspective, the modified policy recommends supporting the transfer of management and financial responsibility to the lowest level, i.e. the Panchayati Raj Institutions and, in particular, Village Water Supply and Sanitation Committee formed under the Gram Panchayat. The transfer of responsibility would require provision of management and financial autonomy to the PRIs, VWSC, community organizations, as adequate and appropriate for their roles. This would enable the community to obtain a higher quality of services and minimize capital and maintenance cost, through competitive selection of service providers among existing public and private agencies and other organizations. Therefore the new approach gives high priority to Communication and capacity development of actors at different levels. Introduction :The central importance of Water, Sanitation and hygiene to development has been well recognized in recent decades the world over. It’s defining role in Health, Education, Gender equality, Environmentalsustainability, Growth and employment cannot be over emphasized. No wonder, WASH is the subject of dedicated targets within the sustainable developmental Goal 6. The UN General Assembly has recognized access to safe water and sanitation as ‘human rights’. But fulfilment of these rights requires proper systems, well equipped institutions capable of effectively delivering WASH services and bringing about the desired behavior changes in Services Providers as well as users

In recognition thereof and based on the principle of subsidiarity as applied to local governance, constitution of India through the 73rd amendment has included Water and Sanitation among the 29 subjects devolved to PRIs


Against this backdrop the centre was established with the objectives of

  • Promoting Capacity development amongst stakeholders especially in the PRI systems and CBOs.
  • Take up studies aimed at strengthening WASH systems through social mobilization and advocacy.
  • Supporting the endeavors, of the State Water and Sanitation Mission.


The centre is expected to take up training / orientation programmesunder alia, in the following areas

  • Planning monitoring and implementing Rural Water Supply System
  • O & M of Rural Water Supply Systems.
  • Water Quality Monitoring
  • Water grid system Mission Bhagiratha
  • Rural Sanitation with Special reference to ODF/ODF +
  • Solid & Liquid Waste Management
  • Hygiene (including menstrual &Community Hygiene)

  • The main studies, so far undertaken by the Centre are as follows:

  • PMES
  • Community based Sanitation
  • Evidence based Case Studies in Sanitation

Key Projects / Programmes Handled

Our Team

S.No. Name Designation Phone No. eMail ID
1 A.NAGESWARA RAO Centre Head CWS +91 9959224545
2 K.VIDYULLATA Jr.Resource Person +91 9052120777


Our Center