Water provision in Tamil Nadu

10 March 2010
Multi-media

The Change Management Group works with community members to restore traditional water sources and improve water provisions in many villages in Tamil Nadu, India.

Interview with S.Manoharan by Anil Naidoo

S.Manoharan, water engineer from Tamil Nadu, India participated in the Reclaiming Public Water global strategy meeting (1-3 February 2010) in Brussels. He is one of the leading engineers that came together to form the Change Management Group in 2004 and has worked with community members to restore traditional water sources and improve water provisions in many villages in Tamil Nadu. S.Manoharan A Postgraduate in Social Work, began his career in the Development field, in 1993, as Community Organiser in a small NGO known as Social Action Center (SAC) in South India. As a Programme Officer for Asian Network for Innovative Action & Research (ANITRA) Chennai, he involved himself in facilitating people’s movement for Livelihood rights. He joined the band of Water Professionals of Government of Tamil Nadu, in the IAMWARM project in 2007. He is one of the Core Members of Change Management Group (which is now the ‘Center of Excellence for Change’) initiated Change initiatives in Water sector. He has been the integral part of the ‘Center of Excellence for Change’ which has been working with the Public utilities and Community exclusively for mitigating the impact of Climate Change on Water & Food. He is deeply involved in the processes which lead to changes in the individual and community perspectives on water, evolving a Shared Water Vision and institutionalizing the ‘Community Collaborative Water Management’ (CCWM).