Training on Septage Management: Towards City Wide Sanitation at Delhi

Date: 7-9 December, 2015

‘Septage’ is both solid and liquid waste that accumulates in onsite sanitation systems (OSS) e.g. septic tanks. This has three main components – scum, effluent and sludge. It has an offensive odour, appearance and contains significant levels of grease, grit, hair, debris and pathogenic micro organisms. The construction and management of OSS are left largely to ineffective local practices and there is lack of holistic septage management practices.

Projections of urbanization trends points towards more numbers of households that are going to install septic tanks. This would magnify the existing problems in the Indian town and cities. The limited capacities and resources of urban local bodies (ULBs) have resulted in minimal regulation and maintenance of these systems. Due to lack of awareness of its impacts on environmental degradation and ill-effects on health it has not been a priority area.

Several policies, acts and rules have been notified by Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India to protect environment – The Water (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act (1974), Environment Protection Act 1986), Environment Impact Assessment Rules (2006) and Municipal Solid Waste Rules (2010) to protect environment and public health to address the issue.

A survey undertaken by the Ministry of Urban Development in 2009 of 423 cities of different categories highlighted the need for an urgent action and improvement in terms of improving sanitation to make town /cities healthy and clean (Results of National Rating for cities). Further in order to address the issue in a time bound manner the ministry also issued an advisory to all ULBs based on a policy paper on Septage Management prepared by CSE

The ministry acknowledges the lack of skilled man power in urban local bodies and has developed a 'Capacity Building Scheme for Urban Local Bodies’ (CBULB) to develop knowledge, skills and attitude of city officials for the mainstreaming the reforms and best management practices through workshops, seminar, training, exposure visits.

About the Training Programme

Aim: Capacity enhancement of city officials on city wide sanitation including septage management.

• Improved understanding on septage management for achieving city wide sanitation
• Sensitization on preparation of City Sanitation Plans
• Develop skills to plan, design and implement - septage collection and treatment system including decentralised wastewater treatment and local (re)use
• Awareness on potential and benefits of city wide sanitation for overall urban environmental sustainability and improved public health.
• Update on existing and upcoming policies/guidelines on septage management and the way forward.

Target Groups: Main target group for this training is mid level engineers/sanitary inspectors/ managers from ULBs, Water Supply and Sewerage Boards, PHED, UITs and officials of Project Implementation Units (PIU) or Project Management Units (PMU).

Participation of faculty/trainer/researcher from the Regional Centre for Urban and Environmental Studies; other Centre of Excellence of Ministry and officials from – TCPO, NIUA, CPWD, NCR Planning Board and HUDCO is encouraged by the Ministry to take benefit from the training programme.


CSE, Anil Agarwal Environment Institute (AAETI)
38, Tughlakabad Institutional Area, New Delhi

No Registration Fees.
Boarding/lodging will be provided by organizers to all the training participants. Only TA/DA has to be sanctioned by nominating state governments/ institutions.

A copy of duly filled registration form along with the nomination letter from competent authority can be sent through post / email/fax to the training coordinator.

Registration Form |

Kindly fill out the form and post/email the form to the following contact :

Mr. Bhitush Luthra
Senior Research Associate, Water Programme
Centre for Science and Environment
41, Tughlakabad Institutional Area New Delhi-110062, India
Office Tel: +91 (011) 29955124+91 (011) 29955124  Fax: +91 (011) 29955879

Dr. Mahreen Matto
Deputy Programme Manager, Water Programme
Centre for Science and Environment
41, Tughlakabad Institutional Area New Delhi-110062, India
Office Tel: +91 (011) 29955124+91 (011) 29955124  Fax: +91 (011) 29955879


Feedback on Previous Trainings

“I have gained a lot of knowledge and skills on septage management through this training; a topic I was completely unaware of”

Rajvir Singh,
Health Officer, Meerut Nagar Nigam

“The sessions in this training were very useful and have strengthened my understanding of technical and design aspects of domestic treatment systems”

Ajit Kumar Mishra,
Asst Director, RCUES, Lucknow

“CSE has provided me with knowledge on septage and its management, where now after this course I will discuss these matters with my department”

Pramod Kumar,
E.O. to C.E. 1, Delhi Urban Shelter Improvement Board, New Delhi

“This course and the sessions greatly met my expectations. The knowledge that I have received through this programme will be useful and beneficial in the years to come”

Sanjiva Ram Chandra,
General Manager, Meerut Nagar Nigam

“The overall performance of the training was excellent and will definitely recommend this course to other city officials who deal with this”

B.M. Sharma,
Asst Engineer, Jal Kal, Agra

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