BORDA in Bhutan
We work with the government of Bhutan to implement low-cost sanitation solutions, including Bhutan's first-ever faecal sludge treatment plant
Bhutan, a small and isolated country in the Himalayas, has a population of 817,000 people and ranks as one of the least densely populated countries in the world. However, density in some areas is increasing due to population growth and migration, and there is a high health risk in communities and cities from untreated industrial and domestic wastewater.
BORDA supports the government of Bhutan in developing adequate sanitation solutions, including decentralised wastewater treatment (DEWATS) installations, faecal sludge treatment plants, and sanitary landfills. The cooperation also includes training for government officials at the Centre for Advanced Sanitation Solutions (CASS) in India and preparing a City Sanitation Plan for Samtse Town.
Like many towns and cities in Bhutan, Samtse (pop. 6,600) does not have an underground drainage system. Most of the town’s households depend on onsite sanitation infrastructure. In Samtse, BORDA designed and technically supported Bhutan’s first faecal sludge treatment plant (FSTP) in collaboration with Bhutan’s Ministry of Works and Human Settlement (MoWHS), the Royal Government of Bhutan, the local NGO SNV, and CDD Society.