Presently, the per capita water available in Indore is less (~100 lpcd) as compared to national norms (~135 lpcd) (CPHEEO). Recurrent water crisis, deteriorating infrastructure, high distributions losses, poor revenues and growing population have all contributed to this. Climate change uncertainties will increase the vulnerability of people in terms of water scarcity. The centralised water supply has been unable to meet demands and local sources have the potential to meet some of the demands to build resilience of communities, especially the poor. The socio-economic situation of the communities as to focus interventions and ensure sustainability.
Conjunctive Water Management (CWM) of local and distant sources is necessary to manage the ever growing crisis of urban water supplies. CWM emphasises understanding the demand and meeting it through a judicious mix of the local as well as distant sources based on quality, availability and
cost. The CWM framework further emphasizes demand focused end use of water (low quality water used for low end uses whereas high quality water for high end uses).