Safe Water and Sustainable Sanitation Conference

Safe Water and Sustainable Sanitation for
Underserved Communities in Urban India

January 16–17, 2015

Indian Institute of Technology

Delhi, India

In Delhi and NCR alone, about 1 lakh waste pickers are working through approximately 5,000 communities. The workshop’s objective is to improve the living conditions of the communities of waste collectors by suggesting sustainable low-cost technological solutions for sanitation and drinking water through an integrated approach. Access to safe water and sustainable sanitation is a major challenge for underserved urban poor, which include slum dwellers and waste collector communities in India.  If we look at the figures closely, only 88% of the total urban population has access to drinking water and only 31% of urban population has access to basic sanitation (2011 census data). About 24% of the total global deaths of children under five occur in India due to lack of safe drinking water and poor sanitation (i.e., 157,680 deaths per year). As a result, our country is facing huge economic loss.


Day 1 (Friday, January 16, 2015)

  • Demonstration and presentation of low cost water and sanitation technologies (e.g., water less urinals; composting toilets etc.) for utilization in underserved communities
  • Presentation of socio economic models for sustainability of waste pickers; underserved communities in urban India
  • Brainstorming session for exploring the possibility of networking among various stakeholders to work together to provide sustainable solutions for water and sanitation to these communities


Day 2  (Saturday, January 17, 2015):

Site visit to community where such low cost technologies have been implemented and are being utilized

Expected outcomes include networking among various stakeholders who work together to develop the sustainability model integrating sustainable technological solutions for providing safe and sustainable water and sanitation to the underserved communities in urban India.


If you are interested in attending or participating, please contact Dr. Sameer Prasad at


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