Community Solar Water Plant: Kolkata
To address the issues of safe drinking water and sanitation, the South Asian Forum for Environment (SAFE) in consultation with Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) has developed an integrated model of water and sanitation at the Kalikapur slum in ward number 108 and 109.
The project consists of a Solar Water Treatment Plant (SWTP), operating on reverse osmosis (RO) system that produces clean drinking water. The water is stored and the beneficiaries use water ATM card to collect it. The waste water is used for sanitation purposes in 20 bio-toilet units constructed with bio-digesters to turn excreta into organic manure. There is a community kitchen unit using the bio-gas, produced out of bio-digesters, for cooking mid-day meals for an Anganwadi school in the slum and also for community functions. The facility not only runs on renewable energy, it generates surplus power too thereby creating carbon offsets.
This NGO along with Bidhannagar Municipality and KMC has also taken an initiative named “Resolve: Trash-2-Cash”, for recycling waste to make useful products while engaging poor women and unemployed youth for their livelihood and socio-economic development. This initiative has improved economic opportunities for informal women waste scavengers through production and sale of various recycled utility products like baskets, pen holders, photo stands etc. It has helped to reduce their health risks from working with waste and reduced the stress on landfill. The intervention reduces emission footprints through resource recycling.