On this day of Thanksgiving, I was thinking back on the trip my sister and I took to India in 2010. We visited Varanasi, the spiritual capital of India that draws pilgrims that bathe in the sacred waters of the River Ganges. It is the biggest of India’s 12 major river basins and supports 43% of India’s population. Unfortunately the River is significantly polluted – the majority of the sewage goes into the water system untreated, since the country treats about one-third of the wastewater it generates.
Having worked in the industry for half a year now, and in seeing the amazing new technology that is taking wastewater treatment to a whole other level, I was intrigued to find out if there have been any wastewater treatment developments in the country I had visited six years ago.
Currently the Indian government is working on constructing three wastewater-treatment plants in the northern city of Varanasi, to prevent sewage flow into the Ganges (Water-technology.net). The work is expected to cost 4.57 billion rupees, approximately $70 million, and the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has approved a loan to implement the project.
Today I am thankful for the amazing people that work in the water industry, because water is indeed life and advancements in this industry should be celebrated.