NaWaTech was a 42 months successful project that took place in Pune and Nagpur cities from Maharastra region, India, based on the optimised use of different urban water flows by treating each of these flows via a modular system taking into account the different nature and degree of pollution of the different water sources, as well as the further use to be given to the treated water. This holistic approach for water management that constitutes the NaWaTech system favours the effective management of municipal water resources, of water supply and sanitation services and of the municipal water cycle as a whole in urbanised areas of India, cost-effectively improving the water quality of urban surface water and restoring depleting groundwater sources.
BIOAZUL responsible for the design, installation and set up, operation and monitorisation of a system composed by a Sequencing Batch Reactor (SBR) and a Membrane Bioreactor (MBR) for the Amanora Park Town in Pune. Both systems can treat urban wastewater flows to reuse it and complement traditional water sources. Furthermore, other five systems were designed in five additional locations. Approximately 4,000 people will benefit from the water treated by these systems, diminishing this way the dependency to the Municipal Supply Corporation.
A final publication summarising all work carried out within the project, as well as all results obtained, was produced. This publication constituted issue #25 of “Sustainable Sanitation Practice” (EcoSan Club,Vienna, Austria, Sustainable Sanitation Practice (SSP), Issue 25, January 2016, ISSN: 2308-5797) of the Sustainable Sanitation Alliance (SuSanA), which is available in English language at their library.
The project finalised on December 2015, and very valuable results for the sector development in India have been obtained:
- Identification of NaWaTech technical, economical and environmental sustainability criteria, and the high-potential NaWaTechs based on them.
- Assessment of the potential of the NaWaTechs to be integrated in a multi-barrier water management systems for different urban water sources, including an analysis of their technical cost-effectiveness and adaptability according to local conditions and the Indian context.
- Design, implementation, operation and monitorisation of 6 water treatment systems.
- Creation and consolidation of a NaWaTech Community of Practice (NaWaTech CoP) bringing together key stakeholders of waster sector (academia and research, industry (including SMEs), end-users and decision makers (i.e. municipalities), etc.
- EU-India academic and cultural exchange and knowledge transfer by parenting students to carry out joint projects and establishing long-term research collaboration.
- Development of the NaWaKit, that includes all dissemination items produced within the project (project video, technical notes, case studies, policy briefs, etc.).
- Involvement of key stakeholders (SMEs and end-users) through participatory international workshops and seminars.
- Organisation of a Final Conference that took place on April, 21st – 23rd, 2016 in Pune, Maharashtra (India), in which the results from NaWaTech, as well as the other EU-India call projects, were presented.