March 5, 2014
Chennai, March 5, 2014: The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) organized a brainstorming workshop on "Recycle/Reuse of Municipal Wastewater" on 5th March, 2014 at the Hotel My Fortune in Chennai. The workshop provided a platform to gather views of different stakeholders such as officers from Chennai Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board, Tamil Nadu Water Investment Company Limited, Hyderabad Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board, Research Institutes, Private Companies aiming to develop a consensus on issues related to the reuse and recycle of wastewater, which is becoming important policy agenda in India with growing water scarcity in the urban areas. Topics such as regulatory & institutional mechanisms, quality standards, enhancement of public acceptance on recycled water as a valuable water supply source, and economically viable implementation models were discussed in the workshop. The first such session took place in New Delhi on Feb 13, 2014 and JICA will organize a series of similar workshops in different cities across India during implementation of the study which aims to create recycle and reuse guidelines encompassing regulations, water quality standards, monitoring mechanisms, and implementation frameworks.
According to Mr. Shinya Ejima, Chief Representative of JICA in India, "JICA decided to implement this study to move forward recycle and reuse of waste water which is indispensable for India, because water shortage in many cities is getting serious now and in the future. Ultimately we are aiming to develop appropriate guidelines for implementation of recycle and reuse and further explore the possibility to formulate projects in this field. JICA will continue to enhance awareness and understanding among relevant stakeholders to promote the wastewater management of India."
Growing water scarcity is one of the severe and urgent problems in India, particularly in urban areas. To address this problem, Government of India has been making efforts including development of water supply and sewerage facilities, reduction of water loss, and management improvement. In line with this initiative, JICA is extending cooperation to Government of India by providing loan to construct necessary infrastructures and implementing technical cooperation especially focusing on decreasing non-revenue water.
To augment these efforts, JICA is now additionally focusing on recycle and reuse of wastewater as one of prospective and newly-emerging solution to address water scarcity in India. JICA has already supported the pilot activities, including reuse of treated water for car-washing under Yamuna Action Plan in Delhi, for horticulture under Hussain Sagar Lake Improvement Project in Hyderabad and Tamil Nadu Urban Development Fund.
Established as an independent administrative institution for Japanese ODA, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) aims to contribute to the promotion of international cooperation as well as the sound development of developing regions.
JICA works to help developing countries become self-reliant in pursuing their own socio-economic development. Its aim is to act as a bridge between Japan and developing countries so that their knowledge and experience can be shared and developing nations can strengthen their own problem solving capabilities.