The multitude of troubles that envelop the subject of water in India point to an existential resource crisis that is getting ever more dire by the day. Be it with availability or access, usage or potability, water has increasingly become a concern that clouds the country’s ambitions of achieving equitable development and securing improved living standards for all its people. This is a calamity unfolding in slow motion and those worst affected by it are India’s poor and marginalised, for whom paying their way out of the predicament is not an option. There are silver linings, though — from a host of government initiatives to civil society support — that enable the country to better cope with the water challenge. The Tata Trusts have, over the years, played a full part in helping alleviate the problem, with a spread of water-themed solutions focused on disadvantaged rural communities.