How can we help local governments improve septage management capacities in India?
Despite the wide prevalence of on-site systems of liquid waste management, septage management capacities in India demand significant improvement. The cause of this is poor data and weak capacities among municipal officials. Athena, in collaboration with ADB, developed a Decision Support Tool to evaluate the adequacy and relevance of existing infrastructure options for septage management. It recommends suitable asset creation/utilization solutions for city baselines. Post determination of the desirable asset framework, the tool then assists in the evaluation of the enabling conditions for the successful implementation of the chosen septage model. It then uses this to present suitable recommendations.