Meghalaya became the first Indian state to ensure water conservation after the State Cabinet approved the Draft Water Policy.
This policy aims to provide safe and hygienic water for various purposes like drinking,domestic,sanitation and livelihood development.The policy recognises water as a common pool resource for all residents of the state.
The policy will be implemented through the active participation of the community.The state will constitute a ‘Water Sanitation Village Council’ at the village level for smooth implementation of the policy.
The new policy includes measures like (a)building check dams to conserve rainwater (b)rainwater harvesting systems (c)controlling the inappropriate use of groundwater and (d)maintaining the quality of water.
The policy also suggests safety audit of state dams at periodic intervals by the Meghalaya State Dam Safety Organisation(SDSO) to identity the safety risks and mitigate the adverse impacts.