Workshop: Faecal Sludge and Septage Management (FSSM) in Uttar Pradesh

Date: July 29, 2022
Venue: Conference Hall, Ground Floor, Directorate Building, Gomti Nagar, Lucknow
Time: 10.00 AM-1.30 PM

Less than 10 per cent of cities in India have sewerage-based sewage treatment plants (STPs) -- that too, only for partial coverage in the cities. Septic tank-based toilets remain a predominant feature of urban sanitation in India. Treatment and safe disposal of septage, therefore, is a major challenge. The National Faecal Sludge and Septage Management (FSSM) Policy of 2017 and subsequent funding from national programmes (AMRUT, SBM and NMCG) have encouraged states to adopt decentralised and non-sewered sanitation systems (called Faecal Sludge and Septage Treatment Plants or FSTPs). Co-treatment of septage with sewage, at existing and functional STPs, is also a part of this initiative.

Since 2015, the Government of Uttar Pradesh and Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) have been partnering to provide better and more effective sanitation services in the cities of Uttar Pradesh. With FSSM becoming a key thrust area of the Government of Uttar Pradesh, the focus has moved from construction of toilets to managing the faecal sludge generated from them. The state has been proactive – 40 FSTPs and 22 co-treatment systems are already in the pipeline, out of which 11 are now operational.

At this juncture, the imperative is to study and assess the status of this huge infrastructure, understand the construction and operational challenges -- with the aim of helping the state meet its objective of city-wide inclusive sanitation for all residents. CSE’s researchers have visited and examined these plants, and a report is now ready: it highlights the progress and current status of these plants, the challenges they face, and recommendations to overcome them.

CSE, the Government of Uttar Pradesh and the Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT) invite you to a meeting and workshop to officially release the report and discuss its findings. The meet is expected to bring together representatives from urban local bodies as well as all other relevant stakeholders – including officials from AMRUT, the Uttar Pradesh Jal Nigam, the Department of Urban Development, and Swachh Bharat Mission -- to also examine the current state of FSSM systems and practices in Uttar Pradesh and agree on a future roadmap for the state.

To confirm your presence at the meeting, please contact:

Water and Wastewater Programme, CSE

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