India inaugurates first potable wastewater treatment plant

India has inaugurated its first portable, potable wastewater treatment plant, at Parmarth Niketan in Rishikesh.

The 50-kilolitres-per-day wastewater treatment plant uses four-part treatment technology to treat wastewater, which can then be reused for irrigation, laundry, gardening and other types of daily domestic usage.

The system was jointly installed by the Pi-Lo Pani Seva Foundation, Parmarth Niketan, Ganga Action Parivar, and the Global Interfaith WASH Alliance.

Swami Chidanand Saraswati, head of Parmarth Niketan, said: “At the current rate of water consumption in India, we will only have half the water we require by the year 2030. Therefore, it is crucial that we work to be the solution to the pollution, doing whatever we can with the time, talent, technology and tenacity that we have.”