Integrated rural urban water management for climate based adaptation in South Asian and African cities (IDRC, AfDB, ADB-Nepal, WSP/WB, BMGF-Delhi)

Two (90% secured) pipeline projects funded by IDRC (India) and AfDB (Africa) will study options for integrated urban water management in 4 African and 2 Indian cities. The project is supported by smaller ongoing studies on the feasibility of sanitation options for FS/wastewater management in Nepal and India/Delhi, and policy formulation via WSB/WB. The activities that fall under this project include:

Quality Sanitation for Urban poor-Delhi: 

This project aims to address the issue of the disposal of untreated septage/wastewater, by developing a piped management system as a demonstration project in Delhi. The main objective of this demonstration project is to showcase best practice in relation to wastewater-cum-FSM solutions and to test and demonstrate their feasibility and potential in a variety of real operational environments. In addition, the project will provide opportunities for gaining necessary experience, promote progress along the various learning curves, and establish a base of impact data that can inform cost/benefit analysis for sanitation solutions in growing urban centers of broader scale and scope. It will also be important for stimulating public awareness and enhancing educational programs about wastewater/fecal sludge management.

Fecal Sludge Management in Nepal

The objective of this pilot and demonstration activity (PDA) is to undertake field-based research on the application of fecal sludge management (FSM) approaches and distil lessons, to inform the design of innovative sanitation solutions in 4 small towns. The PDA also aims to demonstrate the feasibility of sanitation options, ensuring optimal operation of septic tanks and treatment of septic sludge. The results are intended to facilitate demand for septage management, thus allowing replication in other towns. Technology for final disposal of septage may vary from town to town, depending on the status of other sanitation facilities.

IWRM in India

This research projects seeks to build the adaptive capacities of cities to identify and pilot IWRM interventions to address pertinent gaps/barriers that prevent urban authorities and stakeholders from planning and implementing sustainable options for integrated urban water management.