Water Audit

Increasing industrial production especially in water intensive industries (like thermal power plants, pulp & paper, textiles, fertilisers, etc.) is already putting pressure on the limited freshwater resources in India and worldwide. This coupled with increased water demand from other sectors like infrastructure development, agriculture, domestic, etc. is leading to major conflicts over water availability. Water sourcing and managing wastewater is becoming increasingly difficult & expensive and hence is an important aspect for sustainability for any industry. Industries which are heavily dependent on water for their production have to cut down on their production at times due to scarcity of water mainly during summer season. Such scenarios have become more frequent in the past few years due to increasing water stress. Therefore, it is very critical that industries use water judiciously and reduce its water footprint as much as possible in order to be sustainable in future.

Conducting periodic water audits can serve as an effective approach for reducing water consumption through water use optimisation, improving water accounting system, identifying water losses and opportunities for water savings, possibilities of effluent recycling and reuse and adopting best practices. Also, substantial costs which are associated with water & wastewater management like water sourcing, cost of pumping (energy), cost of water treatment (chemicals), cost of effluent treatment & disposal, etc. can be effectively reduced through water audits.

Understanding the relevance of the subject, Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) has developed a two week online course with the aim of providing a wider understanding on the above aspects of water audit, wastewater management and recycling.

The course will be conducted online through technological learning tools such as presentations, videos, discussion with experts and other audio and reading material.

Industry professionals, environmental consultants, environment regulators, environmental laboratories, academic institutions and other interested participants.


  • Water audit – Introduction, Scope and Methodology
  • Preparing industry specific water audit questionnaire
  • Water audit instrumentation, metering and accounting
  • Preparing water circuit diagram and water balance with industry-specific case studies
  • Specific water consumption & benchmarking
  • Understanding water utilities basics - pumps and cooling towers
  • Advanced water & wastewater treatment technologies
  • Industry specific case studies on opportunities identified for water savings through water audits;
  • Water and wastewater costing and cost benefit analysis of water saving schemes
  • Case studies/Exercises/Tests

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Sugandha Arora
Programme Officer
Industrial Pollution Unit | Centre for Science & Environment
Email: sugandha.arora@cseindia.org
Mobile: +91-9953588873