Prof. Arun Arya, Head, Department of Environmental Studies, The Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda was invited to participate in workshop organized in Singapore on Community scale resource oriented sanitation treatment system, organized by American National Standards Institute (ANSI).

This institute is known to develop ISO standards. This International workshop will provide a solution to toilet, and promote an international performance standard for the reinvented toilet, as an effort for ISO Project Committee 305. ISO is a non Government organization with 160 countries and headquartered at Genova, Switzerland.

According to World Health Organization (WHO), an estimated 2.5 billion people have no access to safe clean toilets and billion are forced to defecate in the open. Better conditions may help to prevent the one million preventable deaths. The International workshop in Singapore on 7th and 8th September, 2017, would enhance efforts to widely manufacture market and deploy the technology where it needed most. The event was organized with support from Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

According to Prof. Arya, the scope of workshop is to develop standards for community scale resource- oriented fecal sludge treatment units in terms of reliability, availability, and safety. This standard, after consensus will be published in 2018, and aims to promote trust among the different stakeholder involved in fecal sludge management.

After pathogen removal fecal matter can be used for energy recovery and beneficial products.

Prof. Arya will presented case of use of microorganisms for the formulation of bio fertilizers by Sewage treatment plant at Gajrawadi in Vadodara. Sewage is being treated here by radioactive compound and after removal of harmful pathogens the liquid and solid fertilizers are made and marketed to farmers.

The experiment’s success was achieved by Ms. Juhi Ramrakhiyani, a Bachelor student of Environmental studies, during her dissertation project. The event was a learning experience for him and the discussion was useful to propose new and  unique advances in the field to make the country a cleaner and healthy India.


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