In the AVNews of December 22nd, 2001, the following
announcement appeared in the Interim Development Council's weekly report:
Several Aurovilians active in wastewater management
have come forward to present a workable structure for the overall wastewater
treatment and management systems of the future township. They proposed
in detail the structure they would like to see functioning. Govind and
Gilles B. gave an introduction, mentioning the collaborating agencies
they have been working with, such as
Bremen Overseas Research and Development Association
Swiss Federal Institute for Environmental Science
& Technology (SANDEC),
University of Washington,
They are also in touch with the Central Pollution
Control Board (CPCB), Ministry of Environment & Forests, Govt. of
Dr. G. D. Agrawal, an expert environmentalist of
India, Mr. Martin Strauss from SANDEC and Mr. Charles L. Henry from
the University of Washington are acting as Honorary Advisors to the
IDC as well as to this group.
It has been a big task to set up this working group,
which will assist the IDC in evolving the Master Plan, and in formulating
the guidelines and plans of action regarding the community's wastewater
Major challenge: community participation
As a model township Auroville can provide considerable
input in the research regarding wastewater management and sustainable
use of resources in developing countries. Since the issue is very wide,
and requires a lot of detailed studies and research, the task in front
of the new group seems to be very large.
Tency (of CSR) highlighted for instance the current problems we are
facing regarding the wastewater management and the difficulty to obtain
full community participation in this process. There is also a severe
lack of funds as far as these issues are concerned. Tency stressed the
need to educate the people within the community to take the issue more
seriously. The new group is also working towards a septic & sewage
Members of the group
The group has been constituted as 'Wastewater Management
Group' and the members are:
Igor (Ukrainian, Palmyra),
Tency (Belgian, CSR),
Dr. Lucas (German, Annadana),
Gilles B. (French, Harvest),
Margarita (Columbian, Annadana),
Krishna M. (Indian, Harvest),
Joseba (Spanish, Development Group),
Cristo (French, consultant Development Group).
Govind (Indian, DG, Auroville's Future) will
act as member secretary.
J.F. Audic (French) will act as internal consultant
to this group.
Proposed role, responsibilities & limitations of wastewater management
To assist the Development Council in formulation
of policies, regulations & guidelines related to the wastewater
To work in a close coordination with the Auroville
Development & Planning group.
Provide the design details of sanitary installations/sewage
treatment units, when asked for, to the project holders, architects,
builders etc. from within Auroville.
To study & forward for approval by the DC,
the wastewater treatment projects prior to their implementation.
Assess and certify the building application
for sanitary installation/wastewater treatment systems.
Propose and implement the guidelines for operation
& maintenance of the sanitary installation and wastewater treatment
To monitor the sanitary installations/wastewater
treatment units on regular basis with the help of Auroville Environmental
The group is to prepare a budget for its functioning
which will be submitted to the Development Council.
Interact with the consultants and external agencies.
Propose the rectification work needed to the
different ill-fated treatment systems and get them fixed at the
The group will take care of the wastewater management
research & development aspects.