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Wastewater treatment plant for non-profit project in northern India

A project from ks-plus e.V.
in Kirpal Sagar near Rahon, India

The non-profit project Kirpal Sagar needs a flood-proof wastewater treatment. For this purpose, a model plant is to be constructed, which will be used to train installers as part of the Open School project.

W. Stadlmeyer
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Kirpal Sagar, a non-profit project in northern India, comprises two schools with over 1,000 pupils, 500 boarding school places, a home for the elderly, a hospital, a college for teacher training, many workshops in which people are also trained, an agriculture for self-sufficiency (arable crops, vegetables and milk).
Most of the waste from the dairy industry already passes through the biogas plant and is then composted. Residues from vegetable cultivation and arable farming are ploughed into the ground or composted. Some of the waste water from the buildings goes into 3-chamber pits, while others comes from the settlements to the fields. This is to change. For this purpose, one looks for solutions on site with emphasis, which are monsoon-proof. Traditional 3-chamber pits are flooded during the monsoon season, which distributes the liquids over the surface and also takes most of the solids with it.
A good solution prevents this, binds the contained easily soluble nutrients and does not cause any hygienic problems even in midsummer with high humidity. This can probably only be achieved by combining technical processing with fermentation in a tank, rainproof intermediate storage and subsequent application to reed beds.
In the villages of India there is usually no waste water treatment at all. At best, cannulas collect the waste water in order to discharge it outside the settlements into a body of water. A functioning plant that can be built with manageable effort, maintained and serviced by existing personnel would be a big step forward. Through the Open School concept of adult education, in which Kirpal Sagar participates as one of the pioneers (at the end of 2017 there were 2 institutions in Punjab that had received a training permit), such knowledge can be disseminated to installers.
With your help, we want to create a model installation where local staff can be trained and instructed.
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