'Innovations in Wastewater Treatment, Recycling and Reuse Wastewater-the untapped resource’ Workshop at GPCB, Gandhinagar


The ‘Innovations in Wastewater Treatment, Recycling and Reuse, Wastewater-the untapped resource' workshop was attended by stakeholders such as representatives of industrial associations; individuals; common facility operators' regulators of local bodies; Central Pollution Control Board's (CPCB) policymakers inclusive of representatives from Department of Environment of state governments; academia and research institutes; technical students; auditors and consultants.

In the inaugural session, Shri Arvind Agrawal (IAS), Additional Chief Secretary, F&ED –GoG and Chairman GPCB, Shri Kartikeya V. Sarabhai, Director, CEE and Dr N.N.Rao, Chief Scientist and Head, WWT division-NEERI, explained about the theme of the workshop and emphasised on the importance of adequate treatment of effluent and its reuse for sustainable industrial development and conservation of natural sources.

In the technical sessions, eminent speakers from NEERI, Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai (IIT-B), CPCB, National Institute of Oceanography (NIO), GPCB, National Chemical Laboratory (NCL), CEE and Surat Municipal Corporation (SMC) spoke about various technical aspects of wastewater treatment technologies to the participants through the concept of circular economy and industrial symbiosis.

The program covered subjects, such as, cutting age technologies for treatment of CETP effluent and its reuse, treated waste water (reuse and recycle) in textile and pharma sectors-case studies, AOP based advanced wastewater treatment at CETP (NIA)-a case of first ever non-biological CETP, waste is wealth; recovery of valuable products from industrial effluent-case studies, industrial symbiosis-sustainable reuse of treated sewage from local body for industrial purpose-case studies, application of hydrodynamic cavitation process for treatment of wastewater from industrial sectors-case studies, phytorid wastewater treatment- case study by NEERI, ZLD-concept: pros and cons and economical aspects and marine disposal: present scenario and future prospects-case studies.

Shri K.C. Mistry, Member Secretary, GPCB responded to queries raised by the participants while chairing the question /answer session of the workshop. He also gave a vote of thanks at the end to the other dignitaries and audience present. It was decided to send recommendations drawn during this workshop to the State government for improved compliance with reference to environmental legislation and creating a better environment.