Several authoritative studies have projected severe water deficits across many parts of the world in the near future. This will negatively impact global economic growth and have significant repercussions for food security. This paper highlights the urgency of the problem facing India and considers innovative ways in which information technology may be leveraged to address the problem.
Taking cognizance of the large number of stakeholders for this crucial resource, this paper focuses on the “upstream issues” related to water management. It accounts for the federal structure of water administration in the country, as well as several other issues that are unique to the Indian stakeholder environment. The technologies proposed are intended to support the best combination of field efforts to resolve the problem, rather than build out a solution centered on the technologies.