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Training on Fecal Sludge and Septage Management

Training on Fecal Sludge and Septage Management

 

City Corporation Officers :

The most popular understanding of sanitation in urban areas is restricted to stopping open defecation, using toilets and disposing of the waste through the Underground Sewerage System. Though the Government of Tamil Nadu, through its Operative Guidelines on Septage Management, has outlined the cost advantages for strengthening on-site sanitation systems (septic tanks and twin pits), the proof of concept for these approaches remains to be established in the perception of decision-makers and implementers. A one-day Orientation-cum-Training Programme for Promoting Fecal Sludge and Septage Management was organised for City Corporation Officers in Trichy.

 

Engineers :

A training programme was organised for engineers working in the Office of CMA and DTP, TWAD Board, ULBs, and other GoTN Officers to create awareness on the policies/guidelines and practices about Fecal Sludge and Septage Management, from international best practices and experiments in India and Tamil Nadu and help develop an understanding of different technological options along the sanitation value chain, but focusing on treatment.

 

Government of Tamil Nadu Officers :

The most popular understanding of sanitation in urban areas is restricted to stopping open defecation, using toilets and disposing of the waste through the Underground Sewerage System. Though the Government of Tamil Nadu, through its Operative Guidelines on Septage Management, has outlined the cost advantages for strengthening on-site sanitation systems (septic tanks and twin pits), the proof of concept for these approaches remains to be established in the perception of decision-makers and implementers. A two-day Orientation cum Training Programme on Fecal Sludge and Septage Management was organised for Officers working in State-level agencies, ULBs, and selected Utilities.

 

Masons :

The sanitation problem is not just about eliminating the need for open defecation by providing infrastructure and instilling durable behaviour change, but also ensuring safe containment in toilets, regular cleaning and proper conveyance of wastes from septic tanks, and treatment leading to disposal or safe re-use.
Studies have shown that many a time, septic tanks are not constructed properly and hence, do not function as safe containment and preliminary treatment structures. Consequently, training programmes were organised to reorient the masons to construct proper septic tanks and twin pits that perform according to design, and are not prone to exfiltration and leakages.


 
 

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Septage Management Guidelines

The Govt. of Tamil Nadu (GoTN) has prioritised the full sanitation chain, including the strengthening of septage management as an economical and sustainable complement to network-based systems. Towards this end, the Government of Tamil Nadu issued the Septage Management Operative Guidelines in September 2014, thereby becoming the first state in the country to do so.

 

These Operative Guidelines broadly outline seven areas of action.
· Design & Construction of Septic Tanks
· Septic Tank Pumping & De-Sludging
· Septage Transportation
· Treatment & Septage Disposal
· Fees/Charges for Collection, Transportation & Treatment
· Information Education & Communication
· Record Keeping & Reporting (MIS)




 
 

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