Planning for India's Rural Drinking Water in the Jal Jeevan Mission Era


The rural drinking water sector in India is undergoing rapid changes driven by a $45-billion nationwide program called the Jal Jeevan Mission, committed to providing household tap connections to all rural households by the year 2024. It is transforming rural domestic water supply, water use, and water resources management in complex and diverse ways.

This synthesis report, compiled by USAID’s Rural Evidence and Learning for Water (REAL-Water) program, provides an overview of the current state of planning for rural drinking water supply in India and in select states. The focus is on drinking water planning and the barriers and enablers to achieve more holistic water resources planning. 

The report addresses the following key questions: 

  1. What is the current state of rural drinking water planning at multiple levels of governance?
  2. What issues arise in the practice of rural drinking water planning, specifically holistic water resources planning?

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