Why MGNREGS is Key for Water Conservation

Digging trench-cum-bund pits is a priority under the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme, resulting in both livelihood and water security.

Field Notes: How Water Shapes the Lives of Farmers in Raichur

We’ve been researching land and livelihoods in Raichur over the past two years. The different strands of our analyses reinforced a known fact of life in the region – that water shapes decisions and livelihoods.

Event Summary: Water Security in Karnataka’s Small Towns

India’s small towns face many complex and intersecting risks. To better understand current challenges, WELL Labs partnered with BORDA and TIDE for a webinar on building more water-secure towns.

Bengaluru’s Wastewater Market Experiment

The economic case for on-site treatment of wastewater is weak. However, the recent water crisis coupled with the new policy has changed that. We explain what these changes mean for urban water security.

Where Does Bengaluru Get Water From?

It is important to understand where the city gets water from and how it is used to tackle the recurring problems of floods and water shortages. Our infographic breaks it down for you.

About Us

Humanity faces grave threats. Millions experience chronic water and food insecurity, while resource depletion, pollution, biodiversity loss and climate change impede our ability to address this crisis. It is critical to change production and consumption systems such that they nurture rather than destroy the planet. For this, we require research and innovation that is solution-oriented, interdisciplinary and has tangible impacts.

That’s why we started Water, Environment, Land and Livelihoods (WELL) Labs.

We work with governments, businesses, multilateral institutions and civil society groups to co-create science-backed solutions that improve people’s lives and livelihoods and sustain nature.

Our Approach


Envision models for the future that prioritise community-based aspirations and roadmaps


Enable change through policy, innovation, sustainable scaling and partnerships


Evidence to fill critical research gaps and establish best practices

The Team

We are a team of water experts, entrepreneurs, architects, economists, social scientists and communication experts, using our complementary skills to build a world resilient enough to deal with the ever-evolving water, environment, land and livelihood challenges that our planet faces.


In The News


Making Every Drop Count

Published in Deccan Herald

‘The adoption of several past research studies, some currently underway, is looking into the change in consumer mindset and aversion to wastewater reuse. There should be a higher degree of awareness and consumer education on treated water in our society’.

Rural Futures

People-Centric Approach to Tackling Poverty in India

Published in Revolve

Nature-based solutions like carbon offsets should prioritize people, encompass entire landscapes, and align with poverty alleviation objectives.

Products and Platforms

Rethinking Pilots: Why Modelling May Be a Better Option

Published in India Development Review

Do we need to rethink how government schemes are tested? Pilots typically precede mass rollout of government schemes, but their success in India’s diverse contexts may vary. Are modelling exercises in the form of simulations a more efficient alternative?

Urban Water

Lake Health Index Reveals Pollution Concerns in Bengaluru’s Water Bodies

Published in Citizen Matters

The citizen-driven Lake Health Index project assessed the condition of three lakes in the city: Ulsoor, Doddabommasandra and Shivapura. The water crisis has led experts and the government to reconsider using lakes as a source of water, either by storing treated wastewater or harvested rainwater.