Water quality management is a core component of water resources management. The National Water Quality Management Strategy (NWQMS) will be a critical input to the National Water Resources Management Strategy.
Admittedly, water quality has tended to take a back seat compared to water quantity in the provision of water in our country in an environment of limited potable water resources. But proper water quality management will obviate the need to spend huge resources to address waterborne diseases which contribute the largest percentage of bed occupancy in our hospitals. The NWQMS will be the bench mark not only for the protection of our water resources from pollution but also for ensuring the water provided to the consumer is safe – i.e. it is not injurious to health.
Please note: The Policy is under review.