“CPHEEO manuals” is developed and published by The Central Public Health and Environmental Engineering Organisation (CPHEEO), is Technical Wing of the Ministry of Urban Development, Government of India, and deals with the matters related to urban water supply and sanitation including solid waste management in the country. The Ministry of Urban Development, Government of India, is nodal Ministry in charge of various aspects of Urban Development including Urban Water Supply and Sanitation in the Country.
The manuals on Water Supply, Sewage and other aspects of water supply systems are commonly used by water utility engineers and managers for smaller towns and cities across the country. The manuals are available on the CPHEEO website. The website also has a list of all Class 1 (population > 1,00,000) towns and cities across the country, using the 2001 census.
It has recommended drinking water quality standards in its Manual on Water Supply and Treatment and highlights the physical and chemical quality of drinking water should be in accordance with the recommended guidelines. And then it goes on to describe the parameters, such as turbidity, chlorides, fluorides, arsenic, cadmium, pesticides and so on. It also looks at that though water supply and sanitation is a State subject, the policies, strategies and guidelines are being provided by CPHEEO to the States & UTs Governments including Municipal Corporations / Committees.