Khintla Village Project

The BMT Giveback project will provide the resources for the design and implementation of a low-cost, scalable sewerage and sewage treatment system.

A lack of water and proper sanitation is one of the largest problems facing us today. Over 1 billion of the world's population has no access to safe taps or wells and over 1.2 billion have no toilets or a sewerage system.

The village of Khintla, in the province of Gujarat in India, is the epitome of this problem. A poor village by any standards, the community had a water supply problem. In partnership with the Water and Sanitation Management Organization (WASMO) and the Aga Khan Rural Support Programme (AKRSP), the villagers installed a system in 2009. This pumped water from a bore well into a series of storage tanks, each serving 20 - 25 households. The community owns, operates and maintains the facility and takes great pride in cleaning and managing the tanks.

Although this system had made a huge difference to their lives, it created a new problem for the villagers. No sewerage or sewage treatment facility exists, so each household gets rid of waste water through an outlet from either their kitchen or wash area directly into the street, making them open drains. The resulting pollution raises the risk of water borne diseases such as dysentery, typhoid and jaundice, which kill huge numbers of children in the country every year.

The BMT Giveback project will provide the resources for the design and implementation of a low-cost, scalable sewerage and sewage treatment system.

The challenge for BMT's engineers has been to design a system which can be constructed from locally available materials, be cheaply maintained, works with low water flows and suits the topography of the village.

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Waste Water flowing from the villages water pump

The Problem

No sewerage or sewage treatment facility exists, so each household gets rid of waste water through an outlet from either their kitchen or wash area directly into the street, making them open drains.