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‘Decentralised waste water treatment need of the hour’

Deccan Herald , Monday, January 01, 2007
Stressing the importance of DEWATS (Decentralised Waste Water Treatment System) “which has become the need of the hour”, Dr D C Sharma, Additional Director, Central Pollution Control Board, said that high on Karnataka State Pollution Control Board’s agenda would be discussions with the BMP and BWSSB on proper execution of this.
Addressing a seminar on DEWATS and rain water harvesting (RWH) organised by two NGOs, Fedina and RLPH, here on Saturday, he said DEWATS was best suited for industries, and with the State going about ushering in Greater Bangalore in earnest, it was important for the BMP and the BWSSB to set up sewage treatment plants in all its extensions.
At present, the KSPCB has cleared one major project, which is an apparel plant at Doddaballapura, (apart from 15 mini projects, including hotels and hospitals), which has been outsourced to the Consortium of DEWATS Dissemination.
Pressing need
He said there was a pressing need for a multi-stakeholder participation, where aspects like provision of toilets to individuals or the community and provision of safe drinking water could be tackled soonest.
“Not a single drop of water is wasted when water management is done through DEWATS. Also, beneficiaries can avail themselves of several by-products through this cost-effective concept,” the CPCB chief said.
Public private partnership is the best way to implement RWH and solid waste management in the varied plants, he added.
The objective of the seminar was to facilitate exchange of ideas among resource persons of various organisations about promoting health and hygiene among marginalised communities, supply of sewage treatment facilities and potable water, besides present policies and future plans.