SARASWATI: Supporting consolidation, replication and up-scaling of sustainable wastewater treatment and reuse technologies for India (2012-2016)

SARASWATI aims to assess the sustainability and potential of technologies already existing in India for wastewater treatment, reclamation and reuse, as well as newly piloted EU technologies. In order to assess the potential of new EU technologies to solve the real water challenges in India, it is crucial to have detailed knowledge of the strengths and weaknesses of the technologies that already exist in India. SARASWATI will further investigate in detail the reasons that have led to either successful or unsuccessful technology implementations. Based on a thorough understanding of the performance of existing technologies and the reasons that led to success or failure, SARASWATI will be able to develop sound recommendations on how the sustainability and potential of the studied technologies can be (further) increased to make them more suitable to solve the water challenges in India.

The key objectives of the full project include:

  •  to provide a comprehensive documentation of existing wastewater treatment, reclamation and reuse technologies in India;
  • to pilot proven EU technologies that have the potential to solve real water challenges in India;
  • to conduct an independent and integrated assessment of the existing technologies in India;
  • to suggest strategies for measures to further improve the sustainability of both EU and non-EU technologies for solving water challenges in India and to assess the overall potential of all of the technologies;
  • to provide tools to facilitate replication and large-scale deployment of the technologies with the best potential to cope with the targeted real life water problems in India; and
  • to synthesise the research results and to achieve effective dissemination and take-up in practice, and the mainstreaming of results.

CWS contribution to SARASWATI

Led by Professor Fayyaz Ali Memon, CWS team is mainly responsible for developing a multi-objective based decision support system and to propose optimal technology combinations (wastewater treatment terrains) keeping in view contexts for a range of regions in India. CWS will also develop a database on treatment technologies and their associated attributes and sustainability evaluation.

For more information about the project, please see the SARASWATI fact sheet.

Project partners

  • University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Austria
  • Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee (IIT-R), India
  • Centre for Water Systems University of Exeter, United Kingdom
  • Bureau de Recherches Géologiques et Minières, France
  • Fundacion Centro de las Nuevas Tecnologias del Agua, Spain
  • Centro de Estudios e Investigaciones Técnicas de Gipuzkoa, Spain
  • Centre for Environmental Management and Decision Support (CEMDS),Vienna (Austria) and Mumbai (India)
  • A3i, France
  • Simbiente - Engenharia e Gestão Ambiental, Portugal
  • Hydrok UK Ltd., United Kingdom
  • Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur (IIT-Kgp), West Bengal
  • Indian Institute of Technology, Madras (IIT-M), Tamil Nadu
  • Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai, Maharasthra
  • National Geophysical Research Institute (NGRI), Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh
  • National Institute for Industrial Engineering (NITIE), Mumbai, Maharasthra
  • Doshion Veolia Water Solutions (DVWS), Ahmedabad, Gujarat
  • Madras School of Economics (MSE), Chennai, Tamil Nadu

SARASWATI is a European Union supported FP7 SME targeted Collaborative Project involving 10 European partners and 8 research organisations from India.

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