The power of sewage

The power of sewage

Maharashtra is all set to use treated sewage water in thermal power plants. Can this move be scaled up?

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  • Most rural and many urban households defecate in the open. In urban / peri-urban areas community toilets and bathrooms connected to proper sewage treatment and solar water heating need to be pushed and funded under Swacch Bharat etc. A token user charge can be levied. In rural areas, however, the major problem of providing sufficient water for drinking / bathing is getting increasingly acute by the day, leave alone pushing for flush toilets in each house under Total Sanitation! In areas where open defecation is high, dry pit latrines, individual household or 'mohalla' types, could be the answer. These cost a fraction of the cost of flush toilets and do not need septic tanks or septage removal hassles. For a household of 4 or 5 members who have some land or compound next to their dwelling, a dry pit latrine that uses minimal water could be the answer. If properly made, a dry pit latrine can last 10 to 15 years and if a little dry mud is sprinkled after each use, there is virtually no stink, at least much less than in cramped, flush toilets connected to blocked 'septic' tanks!

    But it seems dry pit latrines do not suit the political economy of Total Sanitation?
    Vinay Tandon
    vtandy@gmail.com

    Posted by: VINAY | 2 years ago | Reply
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