While India has experienced dynamic growth over the past few years, enormous challenges remain in the water supply and sanitation sector. As a part of the Nation’s vision various national initiatives are currently underway to improve the levels of cleanliness through solid and liquid waste management activities and providing every person in rural and urban India with adequate safe water for drinking, cooking and other domestic basic needs on a sustainable basis.
Nispana Innovative Platforms in association with leading NGOs successfully hosted the 4th Annual National Summit on Sustainable Water and Sanitation in Bangalore on 10 – 11 January 2019. The event was supported by Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation, Govt. of India, Swachh Bharat Mission, Ministry of Municipal Administration, Port & Inland Water Transport, Govt. of Karnataka, Ministry of Human Resource Development, Govt. of India, and City Managers Association, Karnataka. The event was inaugurated by Mr. Jagan Shah, Director, National Institute of Urban Affairs, Dr. Dayanand Panse, Director, Ecosan Services Foundation, Ms. Abha Bahadur, Founder & President, Centre for Water, Sanitation & Health for Women, Mr. Satheesh Nair, Director, Elixir H2O and Mr. S. Damodaran, Founder, Gramalaya.
The summit gathered over 200+ attendee’s with a range of national & international water and sanitation experts, practitioners, government agencies under one roof and shared their experiences, technology best practices to address the current challenges & issues. The two day summit served as a capacity building platform for all attendees and decision makers with strategic knowledge, directions and plans. Concurrent to the sessions, the NSWSS-2019 featured exhibition and marketplace of water and sanitation related organizations, private companies, and other stakeholders demonstrated and provided information, innovation, and technology for the water and sanitation sector. The event featured keynotes, case studies, panel discussions and technology showcase for knowledge dissemination in the domains of Sustainable drinking water & sanitation, Policy reform in water and sanitation, Water quality & water management, Wastewater treatment, Developing cost effective & ecologically safe and sustainable sanitation, Fecal Sludge & Septage Management, Innovations and technologies for water and sanitation management, Women involvement in water and sanitation for rural India, Business & finance model for water and sanitation management, Achieving & Sustaining Open Defecation Free Communities.
The event was supported by leading NGO’s such as Ecosan Services Foundation, CDD Society, Aga Khan Agency for Habitat India, Gramalaya, BORDA, Sanitation First, India Water Foundation. Event partners and solution providers such as Elixir H2O, Bangalore Urban Water Supply & Sewerage Board (BWSSB), Tahal Group, Rostfrei Steels, Water Reach, Prince Piping Systems, C.R.I. Pumps, Enbio Green Solutions delivered technical presentations and also exhibited their products. Innovative technology solution provider Elixir H2O also launched their logo and new product, a self-sufficient, sustaining & eco-friendly solution to the drinking water crisis in India.
The summit concluded with a high note while setting huge expectation for the next edition. Furthermore, the proceedings of the summit will be shared to all relevant government and regulatory authorities and participants to implement the learning of this programme.
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