GWSSB is a statutory body set up by the State Government for Development, Regulation and Control of the Drinking water sector in the State. The jurisdiction of the GWSSB (Board) extends to the whole state. The Board largely works for putting in place rural water supply system as well as operational management of Rural Regional water supply schemes covering cluster of villages. In this area the main function of the Board is to prepare, execute, promote and finance the schemes for supply of water for drinking purposes. The Rural water supply systems include Installation of hand pumps, mini water supply system, etc. in small habitations and piped water supply system for individual villages including large water supply system covering several villages.
The duties and functions of the Board as identified by the GWSSB Act No.18 of 1979 are identified as under: