water body census

Water Body Census: a Good Start but Gaps Galore

Priyanka Jamwal 

Deccan Herald | June 12, 2023

The first census report on India’s surface water bodies is a significant step forward. It provides valuable data that helps us understand the potential of these water bodies in addressing water scarcity and sustainability issues across the country. The report also enables the government and local bodies to evaluate their current state and identify potential threats to their integrity.

The integrity of a surface water body refers to its overall health, quality, and ecological functioning. It is characterised by clean water, minimal pollution, and a thriving community of native plants and animals. However, it is important to note that the definition of “clean water” depends on the specific use of the water body. For example, water suitable for irrigation may not be suitable for bathing.