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Using innovative tech to bring clean water and sanitation

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A four-year partnership with Practical Action will provide 45,000 people in Choudwar with clean water and sanitation services, using innovative technology.

This project aims to pilot innovative technology for faecal sludge management going full circle – from toilets to disposal of waste to bio-gas and compost to energy and clean water technology. The project targets underserved communities in Odisha state reaching the town Choudwar, with about 50,000 inhabitants.

Choudwar town has no sewerage system today, and faecal contamination has made water borne diseases common, as sludge waste collected from septic tanks is tipped into the public drains, and other water bodies nearby. The project will use innovative technology to tackle the sanitation crisis.

“The setup of this project is indeed impressive; introducing pioneering approaches using innovative technology within human waste management and at the same time focusing on community buy-in and behavioral change.”

Maria Bystedt, Program Manager H&M Foundation

For example, human waste will be turned into bio-gas (that can be used for cooking for example) and fertilizer (that can be used for farming), waste water will be collected and treated and roof based rainwater harvesting and filtering technologies will provide clean water.

“Poor sanitation in Choudwar is causing a host of health problems for the people that live there.” Said Paul Smith-Lomas, CEO of Practical Action. “Through this project, slum dwellers will have access to simple solutions including toilets, clean water points and sewage management systems that will change their lives for the better and help them to escape poverty.”

Project Specifics

  • Total Donation: 11 million Swedish krona
  • Program Period: 20152021
  • Countries: India
  • Focus Areas: Water
  • Partners: Practical Action

Expected outcome:

  • 70% of the slum dwellers of Choudwar have poor or no access to sanitation services today.
  • 45,000 people in Choudwar will be directly reached with water and sanitation services through the project.
  • 1 bio-digester will be installed, enabling faecal sludge from at least 8,000 households to be turned into biogas.