4. According to the World Watch Institute and World Health Organisation, India will be a highly water stressed country from 2020 and on; i.e., less than 1000m3 of water will be available per person per year.
5. Most of India’s rural population (700 million people, > 150,000 villages) are affected by
- Severe water scarcity
- Waterborne diseases caused by microbiological contamination
- Excessive levels of fluoride, nitrates, iron and arsenic in available water, which cause severe health disorders.
ECO-India is a joint collaboration comprising two consortia, funded by the European Commission’s Framework 7 program (EC-FP7) and the Indian Department of Science and Technology (DST), respectively. ECO-India is designed to develop cost-effective approaches for production of potable water and treatment of wastewater, that can be adapted to different institutional and economic contexts across India, Europe and the wider community.