The project envisions improving public health and living conditions through a two-pronged strategy. On one hand, it aims at improving sanitation situation to create a hygienic environment for improved health. On the other hand, it looks to impact under-nourishment through food production from treated wastewater and faecal sludge.
The project will be implemented in the peri-urban areas of Indian cities. It has began its operations in the South Indian city of Bangalore and aims to expand further in the Southern part of India due to closer distances and better implementation and monitoring. However,it plans in the coming two years to implement the project in the Northern states of India as well.
Yes. The implementation of Nexus project is ongoing in a peri-urban low-income community called Beedi Workers' Colony where a DEWATS was set up a few years ago. The aim here is to reuse the treated wastewater from DEWATS and provide better nutrition and nutrient supplements to children in Anganwadi school in the locality.
Yes, customised training programmes, including Information, Education and Communication campaigns will be conducted at community, practitioner and government levels. Furthermore the the local community will be involved.
Yes, the project will be guided until it can be maintained by the local community. One central output of the project will be an implementation manual and a training module to support further dissemination and maintenance .
The project has a huge potential for replication especially in Indian cities producing huge volumes of wastewater everyday. After the sufficient knowledge and experience is gathered with respect to its safe treatment and reuse in agricultural production, it can help inform the policy-makers to devise better laws and regulations to minimize risks associated with reuse of wastewater in agriculture.