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Low-cost waste water treatment system work begins

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TIRUCHI, NOV. 8 . Work on establishing a low-cost and eco-friendly Decentralised Waste Water Treatment System (DEWATS) to treat the waste water discharge from a community toilet in East Devadhanam slum began today.

Said to be the first of its kind in the State, the DEWATS is being established at a cost of about Rs.7 lakhs as part of the eco-sanitation project of the Tiruchi District Exnora, in association with the Exnora International and the Bremen Overseas Research and Development Association (BORDA), a voluntary organisation headquartered at Germany.

The `bhoomi puja' for the system was performed today in the presence of the Mayor, Sarubala R.Tondaiman, and the Corporation Commissioner, Harmander Singh.

East Devadhanam near the town railway station is one of most underdeveloped areas of the city and the Exnora has already implemented a solid waste management programme through a door-to-door garbage collection and segregation system in the locality.

The DEWATS is aimed at treating and recycling the sullage and waste water from the Corporation public convenience at the slum, catering for about 160 families. The public convenience is currently maintained by a women's self-help group of the locality on a pay-and-use basis.

The community-based DEWATS programme would provide a localised alternative to the costly centralised wastewater treatment systems in urban areas. The treated water would be used for raising vegetables by the SHG members.

Mrs .Tondaiman welcomed the eco-sanitation project as it would supplement the efforts of the Corporation in improving sanitation and solid waste management in the City. The Corporation was keen on ensuring segregation of solid wastes at the source itself. Though the segregation (into bio-degradable and non-degradable wastes) was being done in certain parts already, the system has to be extended throughout the City, she said and added that the Corporation has proposed to set up a "manure shed" in the Srirangam zone soon for producing manure from solid wastes.

The Corporation Commissioner, Harmader Singh, observed that 40 per cent of the solid wastes generated in the City was recyclable and stressed the need for awareness among the masses on recycling and reuse of wastes. Stressing the need for reducing waste generation, he said the civic body was keen on ensuring that solid wastes were collected and disposed from the source itself instead of being dumped on streets.

The Project Coordinator and Vice President, Exnora International, Naina Shah, said the project would be a model for local bodies and stressed the need for the community involvement in the operation and maintenance of the system.

The Technical Advisor of the project, Vijay Anand, said residents in many slums in Chennai have also expressed keen interest in adopting the system.

The Honorary President of the District Exnora, G.Subramanian, the Advisor of the project, V.Ganapathy, and others spoke.


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