The Indian government has ordered a water treatment plant in Jharkhand, where the country’s capital New Delhi sits, to open.
Water treatment plants are among the most expensive and environmentally hazardous facilities in the country.
In 2016, the country declared a drought that forced hundreds of thousands of people to flee their homes.
India is in the midst of its worst drought in decades, with more than 3 million people in need of water and sanitation services.
India’s government is trying to ramp up water conservation measures in an attempt to reverse the drought.
The government has recently made a push to cut water consumption by 15% by 2020, and the plan has been welcomed by some, but many others have criticized it for the waste of water resources.