The fast growing demand for fresh water-coupled with the need to protect the environment has made many areas of India and the rest of the World vulnerable to water shortages for various uses of the economy. As they interact with Electricity Industry, water availability is critical to power generation.

The purpose of this paper is to examine water use estimation in hydel and thermal electric power plants in selected regions i.e. Coastal, Rayalaseema and Telangana regions of Andhra Pradesh.

Hyderabad, April 25: Dwindling coal reserves are forcing industries to go for imported coal from Indonesia, Malaysia, South Africa and China in a big way. About 50 million tonnes of coal is imported for power generation every year.

This figure is expected to double by 2012 when more thermal power projects come up.