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Legal Instruments Related to Drinking Water and Sanitation in India

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Union-level instruments

Swachh Bharat Mission (Gramin) Guidelines (modified in October 2017)

full text   3071 [KB]

Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT) - Mission Statement & Guidelines, 2015

full text   2949 [KB]

Swachh Bharat Mission (Gramin), Guidelines for ODF Verification, 2015

full text   448 [KB]

Swachh Bharat Kosh Operational Guidelines, 2014

full text   155 [KB]

Guidelines for Swachh Bharat Mission (Urban), 2014

full text   1463 [KB]

Guidelines for Swachh Bharat Mission (Gramin), 2014

full text   624 [KB]

Indian Standard - Packaged Drinking Water (Other than Packaged Natural Mineral Water) (BIS IS: 14543), 2014

full text   406 [KB]

Uniform Drinking Water Quality Monitoring Protocol, 2013

full text   1556 [KB]

Prohibition of Employment as Manual Scavengers and Their Rehabilitation Act, 2013

full text   173 [KB]

National Rural Drinking Water Programme, (updated) 2013

full text   1942 [KB]

Prohibition of Employment as Manual Scavengers and their Rehabilitation Rules, 2013

full text   3800 [KB]

Nirmal Bharat Abhiyan Guidelines, 2012

full text   699 [KB]

MGNREGA Guidelines (Revised) for Taking up Works Relating to Access to Sanitation Facilities, 2012

full text   441 [KB]

Guidelines Nirmal Gram Puraskar, 2012

full text   2141 [KB]

BIS - Drinking Water Specification, 2012

full text   158 [KB]

Ensuring Drinking Water Security In Rural India - Strategic Plan 2011-2022

full text   845 [KB]

Total Sanitation Campaign Guidelines, 2011

full text   238 [KB]

Rural Sanitation and Hygiene Strategy, 2012 2022

full text   5519 [KB]

Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission, Revised Guidelines (Sub-Mission for Urban Infrastructure and Governance), 2011

full text   3058 [KB]

Guidelines for engagement of Swachchhata Doot, 2011

full text   96 [KB]

National Rural Drinking Water Programme, 2010

full text   1663 [KB]

Central Pollution Control Board Guidelines for Water Quality Management, 2008

full text   1170 [KB]

National Urban Sanitation Policy, 2008

full text   415 [KB]

Draft Guidelines for Preparation of Legislation for Framing Drinking Water Regulations, 2007

full text   702 [KB]

Total Sanitation Campaign Guidelines, 2007

full text   562 [KB]

BIS Code of Practice for Sanitation with Leaching Pits for Rural Communities, 1988/2007

full text   785 [KB]

Guidelines Regarding Constitution of Village Health and Sanitation Committees, 2007

full text   158 [KB]

Water Quality Monitoring and Surveillance Programme Guidelines, 2006

full text   386 [KB]

The Cantonments Act, 2006

full text   6385 [KB]

Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission, Revised Guidelines (Sub-Mission for Urban Infrastructure and Governance), 2006

full text   301 [KB]

Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission Guidelines, 2005

full text   155 [KB]

Uniform Protocol on Water Quality Monitoring Order, 2005

full text   2014 [KB]

Urban Infrastructure Development Scheme for Small and Medium Towns Guidelines, 2005

full text   90 [KB]

Indian Standard Packaged Natural Mineral Water (BIS IS: 13428), 2005

full text   2817 [KB]

Guidelines for Urban Water Sector Reform and Successful Public Private Partnerships, 2004

full text   2146 [KB]

Model Municipal Law, 2003

full text   1335 [KB]

Guidelines on Swajaldhara, 2002

full text   129 [KB]

Water Quality Assessment Authority Order, 2001

full text   601 [KB]

Guidelines for Implementation of Schemes and Projects on Sustainability under Accelerated Rural Water Supply Programme (ARWSP), 2000

full text   167 [KB]

Manual on Water Supply and Treatment, 1999 (Excerpts)

full text   1320 [KB]

Accelerated Rural Water Supply Programme Guidelines, 1999

full text   332 [KB]

Accelerated Urban Water Supply Programme, 1994

full text   78 [KB]

Employment of Manual Scavengers and Construction of Dry Latrines (Prohibition) Act, 1993

full text   99 [KB]

Code of Basic Requirements for Water Supply, Drainage and Sanitation (BIS 1172: 1993)

full text   944 [KB]

Bureau of Indian Standards Specification for Drinking Water (BIS 10500: 1991)

full text   82 [KB]

Operational Manual for Water Quality Testing Laboratories, 1990

full text   288 [KB]

Andhra Pradesh

The Andhra Pradesh Panchayat Raj Act, 1994

full text   3747 [KB]

Hyderabad Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Act, 1989

full text   1791 [KB]

Andhra Pradesh Municipalities Act, 1965 (excerpts)

full text   127 [KB]

Andaman and Nicobar

The Andaman and Nicobar Islands (Panchayats) Regulation, 1994

full text   5990 [KB]

Arunachal Pradesh

Arunachal Pradesh Panchayati Raj Act, 1997 (Excerpts)

full text   86 [KB]


Guwahati Metropolitan Drinking Water & Sewerage Board Act, 2009

full text   1148 [KB]

The Assam Panchayat Act, 1994

full text   11366 [KB]

Assam Urban Water Supply and Sewerage Board Act, 1985

full text   357 [KB]

Assam Municipal Act, 1956 (excerpts)

full text   132 [KB]


Bihar Municipal Act, 2007

full text   1180 [KB]

Bihar Panchayati Raj Act, 2006 (excerpts)

full text   67 [KB]


Chhattisgarh Peya Jal Parirakshan Adhiniyam, 1986

full text   73 [KB]

Chhattisgarh Municipal Corporation Act, 1956 (excerpts)

full text   79 [KB]


Delhi Jal Board Notification on Free Water Supply, 2015

full text   295 [KB]

Delhi Water and Waste Water Reforms Bill, 2003

full text   292 [KB]

Delhi Common Effluent Treatment Plant Act, 2000

full text   100 [KB]

Delhi Jal Board Act, 1998/2013

full text   494 [KB]

New Delhi Municipal Council Act, 1994 (excerpts)

full text   147 [KB]


The Goa Panchayat Raj Act, 1994 (Excerpts)

full text   96 [KB]


Haryana Panchayati Raj Act, 1994

full text   506 [KB]

Haryana Municipal Drainage and Sanitation Bye-laws, 1977

full text   163 [KB]

Himachal Pradesh

The Himachal Pradesh Panchayati Raj Act, 1994 (Excerpts)

full text   81 [KB]

Himachal Pradesh Water Supply Act, 1968

full text   74 [KB]

Jammu & Kashmir

Jammu & Kashmir Employment of Manual Scavengers and Construction of Dry Latrines (Prohibition) Act, 2010

full text   4820 [KB]


The Jharkhand Panchayat Raj Act, 2001 (Excerpts)

full text   83 [KB]


Karnataka Municipal Corporations (Water Supply) Rules, 2004

full text   29 [KB]

Karnataka Urban Drinking Water and Sanitation Policy, 2003

full text   70 [KB]

The Karnataka Ground Water (Regulation for Protection of Sources of Drinking Water) Act, 1999

full text   97 [KB]

The Karnataka Panchayat Raj Act, 1993 (Excerpts)

full text   106 [KB]

Karnataka Municipal Corporations Act, 1976

full text   1024 [KB]

Karnataka Urban Water Supply and Drainage Board Act, 1973

full text   176 [KB]

Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Act, 1964

full text   756 [KB]


Malinya Mukta Keralam - Action Plan (2007)

full text   721 [KB]

The Kerala Panchayat Raj Act, 1994 (Excerpts)

full text   147 [KB]

Madhya Pradesh

Madhya Pradesh Peya Jal Parirakshan Adhiniyam, 1986

full text   71 [KB]


Maharashtra Groundwater (Regulation for Drinking Water Purposes) Act, 1993 (repealed)

full text   151 [KB]

Maharashtra Jeevan Authority Act, 1976

full text   4904 [KB]

Maharashtra Municipal Councils (Protected Drinking Water Supply Schemes Terms and Conditions) Rules, 1970

full text   22 [KB]

The Maharashtra Zilla Parishads and Panchayat Samitis Act, 1961 (Excerpts)

full text   89 [KB]

Mumbai Municipal Corporation Act, 1888 (excerpts)

full text   85 [KB]


Manipur Municipalities Act, 1976 (excerpts)

full text   62 [KB]


Nagaland Municipal Act, 2001 (excerpts)

full text   92 [KB]


Odisha Urban Sanitation Strategy, 2011

full text   1285 [KB]

Odisha Municipal Corporation Act, 2003

full text   9314 [KB]

Orissa Water Supply and Sewerage Board Act, 1991

full text   131 [KB]

Orissa Municipal Act, 1950 (Excerpts)

full text   104 [KB]


Punjab State Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Policy, 2014

full text   4492 [KB]

Chandigarh Municipal Corporation (Sanitation and Public Health) Bye Laws, 1999

full text   66 [KB]

The Punjab Panchayati Raj Act, 1994 (Excerpts)

full text   85 [KB]

Punjab Water Supply and Sewerage Board Act, 1976

full text   257 [KB]


Rajasthan Rural Sanitation and Hygiene Policy (Draft), 2011

full text   110 [KB]

Rajasthan Rural Sanitation and Hygiene Strategy (2012 2022) (draft), 2011

full text   522 [KB]

Rajasthan Municipalities Act, 2009/2010

full text   1317 [KB]

Rajasthan Panchayati Raj Act, 1994 (Excerpts)

full text   60 [KB]


Sikkim Sewerage and Sewage Disposal Act, 1987

full text   2895 [KB]

Sikkim Water Supply and Water Tax Act, 1986

full text   3603 [KB]

Tamil Nadu

The Tamil Nadu Panchayats Act, 1994 (Excerpts)

full text   78 [KB]

Tamil Nadu District Municipalities Act, 1920 (Excerpts)

full text   87 [KB]

Chennai City Municipal Corporation Act, 1919 (Excerpts)

full text   60 [KB]


Tripura Panchayats Act, 1993 (excerpts)

full text   72 [KB]

Uttar Pradesh

Uttar Pradesh Urban Sanitation Policy, 2009

full text   1974 [KB]

Uttar Pradesh Water Supply and Sewerage Act, 1975

full text   80 [KB]

U. P. Kshettra Samitis and Zila Parishads Adhiniyam, 1961 (Excerpts)

full text   70 [KB]

Uttar Pradesh Municipal Corporations Adhiniyam, 1959 (Excerpts)

full text   168 [KB]

The Uttar Pradesh Panchayat Raj Act, 1947

full text   492 [KB]

Uttar Pradesh Municipalities Act, 1916 (Excerpts)

full text   162 [KB]

West Bengal

West Bengal Municipal Corporation Act, 2006 (Excerpts)

full text   5252 [KB]

The West Bengal Municipal Act, 1993 (excerpts)

full text   77 [KB]

Kolkata Municipal Corporation Act, 1980

full text   11107 [KB]

West Bengal Panchayati Raj Act, 1973 (Excerpts)

full text   91 [KB]

The Bengal Sanitary Drainage Act, 1895

full text   96 [KB]