“Greywater Management (GWM) is the need of the hour and a very important step forward in the ODF Plus journey,” Shri Arun Baroka, Special Secretary, Department of Drinking Water and Sanitation, Ministry of Jal Shakti said during his valedictory address at a national workshop on GWM held at the national capital on May 26 and 27, 2022.
Expressing his gratitude to United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) for organising the workshop, he said that States had an excellent opportunity to learn from each other on this vital topic, as the solutions were many.
“All of us working in GWM – whether the State, the Central Government or the private sector – have a great opportunity to contribute to the nation,” the SS-DDWS added.
However, he pointed out that several elements of solid and liquid waste management were technical and therefore required intensive IEC and capacity building to make initiatives in those areas sustainable.
On its part, the DDWS with the support of development partners has developed technical resources – manuals, toolkits, flip charts and pocket books that provide vital information on GWM.
Encouraging the states to accelerate implementation of GWM, he reiterated that convergence was possible and funds were available under SBM-G, MGNREGA and 15th Finance Commission grants. Of the challenges encountered on the field, he said the Department would come up with possible solutions. The Special Secretary also called for a study to ascertain how soak pits were contributing to recharging the ground water and to check the water quality.
The Rapid Action Learning (RAL) Workshop was organised to harvest learning from on-going practices and innovations in greywater management (GWM) on the ground and make it available to a wide range of practitioners for replication across different states and districts.
Organised by the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS), Green Strategic Partnership and Sanitation Learning Hub, and the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), University of Sussex, in collaboration with the Department of Drinking Water and Sanitation (DDWS), Ministry of Jal Shakti; the two-day workshop provided a platform to share and learn good practices and innovations in GWM.
It also enabled States to make plans for implementation of GWM on scale with speed, quality and sustainability in the context of the Jal Jeevan Mission (JJM) and the Swachh Bharat Mission-Grameen (SBM-G)-Phase-II.
The workshop was attended by senior Government Officers, practitioners and champions from NGOs, District Coordinators and Sarpanches working in Greywater Management from 27 states of India. As many as 15 sector/development partners and agencies working under the SBM-G and the JJM, also shared insights, innovations and successful good practices in Greywater management.