Malaysia has developed an integrated approach to management and treatment of waste from sewered and non-sewered areas that is considered very successful. It is estimated that around 65% of the urban population of Malaysia is covered by network sewerage, while the rest rely on Faecal Sludge Management (FSM) services which are provided by the same agency that provides network sewerage services. As with any other success story, the Malaysian experience has contextual details, and its own share of problems and challenges, but there have been significant achievements in terms of coverage, quality of services and environmental outcomes. These achievements make it possible to think of FSM not as a second-rate solution for poor cities, but a viable and first-rate alternative to network sewerage.
The talk will focus on two themes: (i) The causes and remedies of river pollution and the linkages with the sanitation sector; and (ii) Sanitation and sewerage management in Malaysia as a case study of reform and sector transformation.
Dorai Narayanan was the Head of Department of the Planning & Engineering Department in Indah Water Konsortium. He joined Indah Water Konsortium in March 1996 as the Regional Planning Manager (North). Before joining Indah Water Konsortium, he served as Senior Sewerage Engineer in Penang ULB. His qualifications include a Bachelor of Technology degree in Civil Engineering from IIT Madras, and a Graduate Certificate in Engineering (Environmental Management) from Melbourne University. He is a registered professional engineer.
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CORP Seminar Series
This is the 11th in the series of the Community of Research and Practice (CORP) seminar planned by the Scaling City Institutions for India: Sanitation (SCI-FI: Sanitation) initiative. This seminar series aims to provide a platform for discussing the experiences of the researchers and practitioners on urban sanitation. Through these discussions, the sanitation initiative intends to build a stronger evidence base for developing policies, programmes and implementation of plans for achieving sanitized cities.