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Poverty alleviation and sustainable protection of natural resources in South Asia (phase V)

Community DEWATS at Beedi Colony, Kengeri outside Bangalore

Need for Decentralised Wastewater Treatment

Across South Asia, BORDA is working to improve the living conditions of impoverished populations in urban, suburban and rural areas. By providing sanitation facilities and the safe reuse of treatment by-products, we contribute not only to the improvement of public health but also to the protection of local water resources.

We are working systematically with municipal authorities and state governments, and we are training specialists from the public and private sector to plan, implement and operate decentralised wastewater treatment plants. Through these activities, we are strengthening the local wastewater sector and creating new jobs. In addition, we actively support the integration of decentralised solutions for sanitation and wastewater management into national, regional and local policies, laws and regulations.

Project Brief

Initiated in 2003, this project is aimed at the improvement of living conditions and the protection of natural resources in underserved urban, peri-urban and rural settlements in South Asia.

The project intends to achieve this through the provision of decentralised basic needs services. These include community-based sanitation (CBS) models with community-driven sanitation infrastructure and services for wastewater management (DEWATS-CBS) and solid waste management (DESWAM), wastewater management in small and medium-sized enterprises (DEWATS-SME), a cluster-based approach to DELSA* service packages, and citywide planning tools for integration of decentralised approaches in mainstream sanitation planning for larger impact.

The project objectives will be achieved through a number of activities. These include conducting workshops/seminars to disseminate basic needs services, capacity building of various stakeholders engaged in the sanitation sector, implementing pilot projects at various scales, lobbying the government for the inclusion of decentralised sanitation approaches in city-scale service delivery, and research and development.

Phase V of the project (2015-2017) focused on shifting from privately funded single systems to government-funded cluster systems and on the development of the sector, in particular by creating politically supportive environments and engaging private players in the sanitation sector. Phase V also implemented cluster DELSA* in designated cities for demonstration purposes.

* DELSA is a German acronym referring to Decentralised Solutions for Sanitation and Wastewater Treatment (Dezentrale Lösungen der Siedlungshygiene und des Abwassermanagements)

Key Achievements

  • Training programmes as part of the capacity building initiatives—over 12 programmes have been conducted on planning, designing and implementing decentralised sanitation services, benefiting around 145 professionals representing municipalities, NGOs, consulting firms and academic institutions in 15 Indian states and 10 other countries.
  • BORDA South Asia was involved in the planning and implementation of 496 DEWATS projects treating 8,300 m3 by CDD Society and its partner network, benefitting 344,107 residents in the project area.

Project Specifications

Project duration: 2015 – 2017
Budget: 2.4 million euro
Donor: German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
Consortium for DEWATS Dissemination Society India (CDD Society), Bangalore
EXNORA International, Chennai
Rural Literacy and Health Programme (RLHP), Mysore
Indian Institute of Youth Welfare (IIYW), Nagpur
Environmental and Public Health Organisation (ENPHO), Kathmandu, Nepal
Alchemy, Bangalore
Design Collaborative, Pondicherry
Centre for Integrated Development (CflD), Ahmedabad

Protecting local water resources & improving public health through safe sanitation facilities & reusable treatment by-products

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