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Supporting consolidation, replication and up-scaling of sustainable wastewater treatment and reuse technologies for India

Objective

The poor condition of sanitation and wastewater management in India (as in many Asian countries) is well documented and has recently led the Asian Development Bank to call for a revolution in wastewater management across Asia. Conventional, centralized approaches have failed in many areas and will hardly be able to solve potential problems in rural, hilly and rapidly developing urban areas in India. Instead, innovative, decentralised systems aiming at various benefits are needed. A main benefit in the context of SARASWATI is the reuse of treated wastewater for different purposes. Other benefits include reuse of energy and nutrients, which are also important. Despite the overall poor condition of wastewater treatment across South Asia, India has already considerable experience with such decentralised approaches. Over the last decade, hundreds of decentralised wastewater treatment plants of different technology types have been installed all over India. However, not all are functioning well and several also failed, due to various reasons. Also, there is no consolidated evaluation and review of all those existing plants available. As a result there is only very limited knowledge on the performance of those existing technologies available and a review and evaluation of those plants is very timely in order to derive sound conclusions and recommendations for future wastewater management strategies in India. SARASWATI will perform such a comprehensive and independent evaluation and hence provide key suggestions for the improvement of existing technologies. In addition, SARASWATI aims at deploying selected proven EU technologies with a potential for solving grave water challenges in India (water pollution due to discharge of untreated wastewater and storm-water, water scarcity and groundwater depletion, unhygienic sludge handling practices due to lack of suitable technologies). Water challenged sites have been identified in 5 Indian States comprising almost all regions.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/earth and related environmental sciences/environmental sciences/pollution

Call for proposal

FP7-ENV-2012-one-stage
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Funding Scheme

CP - Collaborative project (generic)

Coordinator

UNIVERSITAET FUER BODENKULTUR WIEN
Address
Gregor Mendel Strasse 33
1180 Wien
Austria
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 508 460
Administrative Contact
Markus Starkl (Dr.)

Participants (8)

BUREAU DE RECHERCHES GEOLOGIQUES ET MINIERES
France
EU contribution
€ 161 900
Address
3 Av Claude Guillemin
45060 Orleans
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Lise Cary (Dr.)
FUNDACION PUBLICA ANDALUZA CENTRODE LAS NUEVAS TECNOLOGIAS DEL AGUA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 262 719,20
Address
Autovia Sevilla Huelva (A49) Km28
41820 Carrion De Los Céspedes - Sevilla
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Juan José Salas Rodríguez (Dr.)
ASOCIACION CENTRO TECNOLOGICO CEIT
Spain
EU contribution
€ 186 143,81
Address
Paseo Manuel De Lardizabal 15
20018 San Sebastian
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Sara Solozabal (Ms.)
THE UNIVERSITY OF EXETER
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 323 637,54
Address
The Queen's Drive Northcote House
EX4 4QJ Exeter
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Samantha Irish (Ms.)
Zentrum fur Umweltmanagement und Entscheidungstheorie
Austria
EU contribution
€ 284 913,05
Address
Gregor Mendel Strasse 33
1180 Wien
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Norbert Brunner (Dr.)
A3I SARL
France
EU contribution
€ 170 500
Address
255 Rue Gustave Eiffel Zac Des Eoliennes
26290 Donzere
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Félicien Poncelet (Mr.)
SIMBIENTE - ENGENHARIA E GESTAO AMBIENTAL LDA
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 102 396,40
Address
Avepark - Parque De Ciência E Tecnologia, Edifício Spinpark
4805-017 Guimaraes
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Sergio Costa (Mr.)
HYDROK UK LTD
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 349 330
Address
Warren Road Unit 1
TR9 6TL St Columb
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
David Armstrong (Mr.)