Advanced Training on Decentralized Wastewater Treatment and Local Reuse

Date: October 9 - 11, 2020
Venue: Anil Agarwal Environmental Training Institute (AAETI), Nimli (Tijara), Rajasthan
Language of Instruction: English

About the Training
Rapid urban growth and unplanned development has led to poor provisioning of basic utility services such as access to water and sanitation. According to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the World Health Organization (WHO) report 2019, around 2.2 billion people around the world do not have access to safely-managed drinking water and 4.2 billion lack safe sanitation services. Recognizing the severity of the issue, globally, serious efforts are being undertaken to manage the water and sanitation sector in a sustainable way which is in-line with the agenda of 2030 Sustainable Development Goals.

Research states that globally around 80% of wastewater is released into the environment without adequate treatment, indicating that the current water paradigm, primary focuses on the supply side management and providing hardware solutions is unsustainable and non-feasible. Keeping in view the challenges faced, it is important to shift to an intermediate approach which is sustainable in nature, cost effective, requires less operation and maintenance. One such approach which aims to improve water and sanitation in cities is called as decentralized wastewater management, the approach emphasises on prevention of leakage losses, reduce energy and piped network, reuse/recycle and resource efficiency by treating wastewater close to its origin - A holistic approach addressing the problems of water pollution and scarcity. The decentralized wastewater treatment systems can be considered as a sustainable and effective solution to achieve citywide sanitation for all.

Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) understands its responsibility as a public interest research and advocacy organization and aims to sensitize various stakeholders working in this sector through its high impact trainings timely. In this endeavor, CSE is organizing a 3 days Advanced Training on ‘Decentralized Wastewater Treatment and Local Reuse’, at its state-of-art residential facility, Anil Agarwal Environment Training Institute (AAETI), Neemli, Rajasthan. AAETI is a learning, training and innovation centre designed to find appropriate and affordable solutions to some of the most pressing environmental problems.

The training will also provide participants an opportunity to be part of the Global Knowledge Conclave entitled ‘SFD Week 2020” and interact with key experts from:- GIZ, Water Research Commission (WRC), South Africa, WaterAid and University of Leeds; also including national institution as well as Indian experts / institutions involved in advocacy for citywide inclusive sanitation.

Aim of the training:
To create cadre of practitioners with knowledge, skill and attitude to mainstream urban decentralized wastewater management.

Learning Objective:

  • Develop an effective understanding of wastewater and its management approaches.
  • Understand technical and socio-economics of different nature based decentralized wastewater treatment technologies.
  • Build skills on planning and designing a decentralized wastewater treatment system (DWWTs).
  • Learn from real implementers and learn from the on-ground experience/expertise

Training Methodology
The training style is considerably based on the ‘Harvard Case Method’, which conveys teaching messages through interactive practical work done by trainees. The training will be focused on experiential learning – including individual/group interaction, practical group exercises, interaction with experts, discussions, field visit and documentary films to highlight the best management practices successfully implemented. Furthermore, the training is complimented by sessions and discussions on existing case studies which demonstrate the recommended actions and interventions for sustainable water and sanitation management.

The training programme is divided into various modules to meet different needs of the target groups. These theoretical and practical modules include interactive sessions with leading experts, presentation on case studies through CSE’s web-based portal “MOUNT” and field visit to successfully implemented treatment systems to have practical visibility of the best management practices for decentralized wastewater treatment and local reuse. The participants will get the opportunity to plan and design a decentralized systems as part of ‘Do It Yourself’- group exercise.

Who can apply?

  • Working professionals and decision makers from government and non-government institutions
  • PMU assisting Govt. in mainstreaming water-wastewater measures
  • Urban Planners, Architects, Engineers and Consultants
  • Practitioners from consultancies, community-based organizations, non-government organizations
  • Independent researchers and academia working in water and sanitation sector
  • Representatives of Resident Welfare Association

How to apply?

For filling the application form for registration and scholarship, please click here 

It is mandatory to provide letter of motivation and nomination/reference for processing your application.  

Course Coordinators:

Dr. Mahreen Matto
Programme Manager - Water Programme
+91-11-40616000 (Ext: 257), mobile: +91 98680 18045

Mr. Jyoti Parsad
Senior Research Associate - Water Programme
+91-11-40616000 (Ext: 244), mobile: +91 85598 38864

Training Director:

Dr. Suresh Kumar Rohilla
Senior Director, CSE
Academic Director, School of Water & Waste, AAETI


Course Fees::
For Indian Participant
INR 20,500 (for double occupancy accommodation)
INR 26,500 (for single occupancy accommodation)

For International Participant
USD 440 (for double occupancy accommodation)
USD 570 (for single occupancy accommodation)

(Includes Tuition fee, Training material, External expert lectures and sessions, Boarding and lodging, Transport from New Delhi to AAETI and back)
Limited full and part fellowships available
Full scholarship includes travel, boarding & lodging costs and training kit & fees costs. Accommodation on double sharing basis and group pick-up & drop for local travel from pre-defined locations.

Part Fellowship
 doesn't include to & from Delhi travel (from your respective location) costs. However, it covers all other costs mentioned above.

(Female participants, candidates from Economically Weaker Sections, Government institutions and sanitation alliance partners are especially encouraged to apply and avail the special offers.)

Note: Only shortlisted candidates will be informed.
Special Offers
- 15% off for group participation (2 or more) from the same organization
- 20% off for college students
- 20% off for full-time working representatives from registered NGOs
Alumni Feedback
The training on decentralized wastewater management organized by CSE was very good. “I will try to introduce Decentralised Wastewater Treatment systems in future projects as sustainable development.”

Md.Khalekuzzaman, Lecturer, KUET, Bangladesh
CSE is an outstanding organization. It was a great experience of attending a fruitful training programme organized by CSE. The implementation of DWWTs and Rainwater Harvesting inside the campus is a best practice which impacted us very much. The same can be implemented in office buildings across Odisha. The trainers are highly interactive and have worked in ULBs.

Mr. Prasanta Kumar Mohapatra, Project Director, OWSSB, Bhubaneswar, India
Thank you so much for the opportunity. It was a wonderful experience for me at the AAETI campus. The training program was really interesting, informative and excellent. I feel it has given me enough to explore my knowledge in the field of urban water and sanitation. I would definitely love to return to the AAETI campus and learn more.

Pankaj Shukla, Junior Research Associate, Center for Water and Sanitation (C-WAS), CEPT University, India
I liked the training programme and specially site visit to BMPs. It was a good experience to attend the training programme. I have learnt many things by site visit as well as lectures. I would like to attend such kind of training programmes in future as well.

Vaishali Soti, Food and Sanitary Inspector, Nagar Palika Parishad, Amroha (Uttar Pradesh), India