Thematic Discussion Synthesis: Setting standards and financing waste water management in India
Managing waste water is one of the key activities listed by the Ministries of Drinking Water and
Sanitation (MDWS) and Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA) once an administrative unit becomes free from open defecation (ODF). While the MDWS’ guidelines enjoin states to “initiate solid and liquid waste management (SLWM) programmes in ODF villages”, the MoHUA’s guidelines deals with managing faecal matter. They mandate the regular emptying, treatment and/or safe disposal of septage from toilets. This thematic discussion took a deeper looker at setting standards and alternative financing mechanisms. Alka Palrecha from the NGO People In Centre steered the first sub-topic while Sharada Prasad from the Azim Premji University in Bengaluru steered the second.