Ensuring Safe and Sustainable Fecal Sludge Management in Small Towns in Tamil Nadu

Ensuring Safe and Sustainable Fecal Sludge Management in Small Towns in Tamil Nadu

How can we empower urban local governments to adopt operative guidelines for septage management?

With illegal and unauthorized dumping of untreated septage and little state involvement, Athena is working to empower urban local governments to adopt the Septage Management Guidelines (SMGs) in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Using a systems-approach to planning and design, the project develops an integrated and holistic strategy  covering institutional, regulatory, financial and social facets to support effective management of faecal sludge across the value chain (collection, desludging, transportation, treatment, reuse and disposal). By popularizing use of simple and cost effective ways of collecting and managing FSM data among Urban Local Bodies, the project also proposes a novel approach to decision making and monitoring septage linked service delivery outcomes.

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