Training of Trainers on Faecal Waste (sludge and sewage)

Date: December  21-23, 2016
Venue:  Centre for Science and Environment, New Delhi
Language: English


The National Urban Sanitation Policy 2009 aims to transform urban India into community driven, totally sanitized, healthy, livable cities and towns. However seventeen million urban households (more than 20% of the total 79 million urban households) suffer from inadequate sanitation in India. Only 30% sewage generated from Class I and Class II cities of India is treated and the remaining is disposed into the water bodies without any treatment due to which three-fourths of surface water resources are polluted. A major part of urban India is yet to be provided with sewer system and the people are mainly dependent on conventional individual septic tanks. It is estimated that by 2017, about 148 million urban people would have septic tanks in India. Therefore, Ministry of Urban Development, Government of India in 2013 issued an advisory on Septage Management in Urban India 2013 to all urban local bodies for reorienting institutions and mainstreaming integrated city wide sanitation. Now both centre and states have geared up to ensuring that all human wastes are collected safely, conveyed and disposed of after treatment so as not to cause any hazard to public health or the environment – with emphasis on promoting disposal and treatment of sludge from on-site installations (septic tanks, pit latrines, etc.). 

Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT) in 2014 announced allocation of funds for 500 cities to take up septage / faecal sludge management.  In 2016, Swacch Bharat Mission (SBM) initiated Rapid assessment for Faecal Sludge and Septage Management Management in 131 cities across the country and states to include funding requirements in State Annual Action Plans (SAAP) under AMRUT programme supported by the National Alliance for Faecal Sludge and Septage Management (NFSSM). The flagship cities include 100 smart cities, 12 cities in Ganga basin cities and others across India. A declaration was signed by the flagship on – for cities journey beyond Open Defecation Free (ODF) - mainstreaming effective feacal sludge and septage management. 

Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) New Delhi supported by Ministry of Urban Development and National Mission Clean Ganga is capacitating urban local bodies and other stakeholder across country and in particular Ganga basin states to both, plan for city wide sanitation including non-sewered areas, and support to projects for decentralized wastewater treatment and faecal sludge management (Click here for more programme details). The programme activities ride on the policy intervention and implementation opportunities provided by the government’s push for pollution abatement in the cities of the Ganga River basin under Namami Gange programme and as part of the rejuvenated national efforts to clean river in the sub continent, clean town/cities under SBM and AMRUT.

About the Faecal Sludge and Wastewater Laboratory 
Small scale on-site wastewater and faecal sludge management systems are not only viable solution for non sewer area of the town/cities but also in general cater for sanitation to the fast growing populations. This needs support by requisite performance data for setting guidelines to evaluate and monitor such systems for uptake and mainstreaming sustainable and affordable faecal sludge and wastewater systems. At present most of the facilities are deficient of trained professionals to perform these tasks. There is no accredited laboratory in the country that is addressing this widespread demand from urban local bodies, other decision makers and practitioners. There is a significant level of risk to public health and environment, due to lack of science-based evidence to help make informed decisions on making appropriate public investment decisions on (techno-economic) designs, resource potential, intervention design technology to address the sanitation challenges of non-sewered areas / on site sanitation. Most labs are confined to only wastewater characterization. 

CSE has partnered with pioneering international faecal sludge / wastewater and environmental laboratories namely - Asian Institute of Technology Bangkok (Thailand), University of Kwa Zulu- Natal Durban (South Africa) and Columbia University (U.S.A) to upgrade existing lab and set up India first state of art referral facility on Faecal sludge and wastewater. The independent faecal sludge and wastewater laboratory at upcoming School of Water and Waste at the Anil Agarwal Environment Training Institute at Nimli, Alwar (Rajasthan) – a capacity building and education initiative of CSE, New Delhi will start in February 2017. 

About the Training of Trainers (ToT) 
The training is part of three stage handholding process – ‘Training of Trainers on Faecal Sludge and Wastewater’ an initiative by CSE to support other existing laboratories in Ganga basin states and across India. The focus of ToT is to create multipliers – mid level lab technicians and lab managers who can further train fellow technicians as well as contribute to effectively monitoring any decentralized treatment system that manages wastewater/ faecal sludge in long run as certified laboratory. The details of proposed handholding training is as follows -  

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• Perform sample collection from small scale wastewater and faecal sludge treatment systems

• Understand usage of Personnel Protective Equipments (PPE) in sampling faecal waste

• Learn the importance of faecal waste sample preservation  

• Develop skill to use the laboratory equipments required for testing and characterization of wastewater and faecal sludge  

• Monitor the performance of decentralized wastewater and faecal sludge treatment systems and interpret data.

Target Group 

The training is for mid level technician / scientists of central and state government laboratories -   Public Health & Engineering Deptt., Jal Nigam/ Jal Sansthan, Water & Sewerage Board, Ground Water Board, Central and State Pollution Control Boards, Municipal Corporation, Environment Department or any MoEF / NABL accredited laboratories from across India. 

Priority will be given to participants from laboratories located in Ganga basin states – namely Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Bihar, Uttra Khand and Jharkhand. 

Each nominated official is expected to attend all 3 residential trainings (3 day duration each training). The training will target 20 participants. Maximum of 2 participants per organization are permitted. A certificate will be provided to all participants on successful completion of trainings. 

Venue: Centre for Science and Environment, 
             41 Tuglakabad Institutional Area, 
             New Delhi 110019 

Training Registration Fees and Logistics

There is no registration fee for selected participants. Last date for applying is – 12th December, 2016. Registration is on first come first basis.

CSE will support the accommodation and travel (by economy class flight or 2 A.C train) for all registered participants. 

How to Apply? : 

Please fill in the application form for registration through the following web link:

Application form (click here) 

Programme Brochure (click here)

Please write or contact Training Co-ordinators:

Ramakant Sahu
Head Scientist
Pollution Monitoring Lab. CSE,
New Delhi, India
Tel. 011-24645334, 011-24645335
mobile: 99118 24288

Postal Address: Centre for Science and Environment , 
41, Tuglakabad Institutional Area, New Delhi 110062

For further information kindly contact:

Dr. Suresh Kumar Rohilla 
Programme Director- Water Programme
CSE, New Delhi, India