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Sanitation Systems: Access, Equity and Sustainability in Wastewater Systems in Tier-II Cities in India

Arkaja Singh

September 25, 2018


Watch the full video (above) of the seminar by Dr Zachary Burt, where he discusses the human right to water in the context of Sustainable Development Goal 6.

Dr Burt applied notions of access, equity and sustainability to evaluate sanitation upgrades in India. He drew on data collected in the field, utilising both quantitative and qualitative sources, and looked at the tension between resource management and equity of access.

Dr Burt also explored the potential impacts on equity in upgrades to the sanitation system in Hubli-Dharwad. He delved into what the major sources of contamination from faecal wastes are, and who are exposed, using a modified ‘shit-flow diagram’ (SFD) and also shed light on different options for waste treatment, reuse and disposal, and the challenges of sustainable liquid waste management in Hubli-Dharwad.

The talk was moderated by Arkaja Singh, Fellow, CPR.

Dr Zachary Burt is currently a Visiting Research Fellow with the Columbia Global Centers, Mumbai and at IIT Bombay on a Fulbright-Nehru scholarship. At Columbia University, Dr Burt is researching efficient, effective and equitable ways of incorporating climate risk into urban water management policy.

The question and answer session that followed can be accessed here.

This is the 15th in the series of the Community of Research and Practice (CORP) seminars planned by the Scaling City Institutions for India: Sanitation (SCI-FI: Sanitation) initiative. This seminar series seeks to provide a platform for discussing the experiences of the researchers and practitioners on urban sanitation.