NaWaTech consortium organised a Final Conference (the International Conference on Innovations in Sustainable Water and Wastewater Treatment Systems, ISWATS), an international event attracting water professionals and organisations from across the world working towards sustainable water technology and management for treatment, reuse and recycle. It took place on April, 21st – 23rd, 2016 in the Yashada Centre, Rajbhavan Complex, Baner Road, 411 007, Pune, Maharashtra, India.
The strategic objectives of the Conference were to exchange knowledge, technologies, guidelines and tools for implementation and operation between academia and public authorities, skilled service providers and SMEs, enabling research partnerships and creating favourable environments for the application of treatment systems and technologies for sustainable water / wastewater treatment, reuse and recycle.
The conference included presentations of findings not only from NaWaTech, but from all four projects supported under the framework of India – European Union Science and technology cooperation projects in water technology and management by the Department of Science and technology, and the European Commission:
- NaWaTech: Natural water systems and treatment technologies to cope with water shortages in urbanised areas in India. 6 implementation sites were realised to benefit more than 4800 persons in Maharashtra.
- SWINGS: Safeguarding water resources in India with green and sustainable technologies. Water resource conservation through green and sustainable technologies: enhanced anaerobic digestion and constructed wetlands by combination, nutrient recovery by irrigating treated wastewater and production of safe water with low cost disinfection.
- SARASWATI: Supporting consolidation, replication and up-scaling of sustainable wastewater treatment, reclamation and reuse technologies for India. Further the project emphasises on sustainability of both EU and non-EU technologies for solving water challenges in India and the overall potential assessment of all technologies.
- ECO INDIA: Design and development of innovative cost effective solutions for community based water- and wastewater treatment systems.
Eminent experts across the world from R&D and academic institutes, administrators, water supply authorities, government and non-government officials, industries, community representatives, universities, NGOs and SMEs from India and EU were invited for the Conference. The idea was to bring them together and to share their expertise and set examples in water treatment, recycle and reuse, which would serve as models for similar scenarios across the country.