The final meeting for the Indian-European project SARASWATI has been held
The SARASWATI project, whose aim is to improve wastewater treatment in India, has come to a close. Given that one of the main causes of a large number of diseases that affect India’s population is due is the issue of poor hygiene, projects like this one help improve the quality of people’s lives.
The project undertook a thorough evaluation of the technologies that exist in India for treating, recovering and reusing wastewater. At the same time, a semi-industrial-scale pilot project was implemented in order to test the different wastewater treatments used extensively in Europe and determine which could be feasibly deployed in India on a large scale.
Ceit-IK4 played a fundamental role in the evaluation of the technologies that are implemented in India and of the technologies that were used in the pilot studies. Ceit-IK4 also designed and built a composting reactor that was installed in a wastewater treatment plant in Mumbai.
The project has come to a close, and the final meeting was held in the city of Roorkee (Uttar Pradesh). During the meeting the partners shared and discussed the main conclusions of the studies of the existing technologies in India as well as the conclusions drawn from the pilot studies.
One of the notable outcomes was the proposal to create a design guide for up-scaling the piloted technologies and to develop a tool that will help the relevant actors make decisions in deploying new wastewater treatment technologies in India. Both the guide and the tool are based on the technological evaluation of the existing plants and the pilot plants led by Ceit-IK4.
The SARASWATI project—Supporting consolidation, replication and up-scaling of sustainable wastewater treatment and reuse technologies for India—was funded by the European Commission (Grant agreement no: 308672 - FP7, EU-India cooperation in water technology: research and innovation) and had 7 institutions from Europe participating with various institutions in India.