''People will not wait five to ten years for water. They will take it now, illegally if necessary. Time is of the essence,'' says K.E.Seetharam, water and urban development specialist at the Asian Development Bank (AsDB).
A team of water experts who are working round the clock to prepare a forward-looking document called Asian Water and Development Outlook (AWDO), funded by the AsDB, met in Singapore for three days of consultations, last week. The document is expected to act as a guide for policy makers in the region.