Odor Control in India – The Challenge
In 2008, ‘2.6 billion people – 40 percent of the world’s population — had no access to improved sanitation facilities. India is one of these countries.’ (Humanities-Sanitation in Rural India-Mudit Kumar Singh). Over the years, India has made a concerted effort to improve these conditions, yet the enormity of this problem is so extensive that progress is slow and seemingly ineffective in most areas. With inadequate infrastructure, growing population and a cultural ambivalence, cities in India are turning to International partners to help alleviate some of these growing problems in the most economical, ecological and immediate way. Thane, Maharastra, India is one city that has taken pride in their efforts to improve conditions and as a result they contacted SciCorp to help.
Located next to one of India’s largest cities, Mumbai, the financial capital of India, Thane has transformed itself into a city that prides itself as being one of the most progressive in India. It has gone to great lengths to improve its infrastructure and clean its many lakes that play a vital role in their community’s lives. One such lake is Diva Lake.
Littered with waste and overcome with foul odors and organic waste, Diva Lake had become an eyesore and an ongoing threat to the health of their citizens. On a hot, sunny day on June 5, 2015, the Thane Municipal Corporation at Diva Station, led by Mr. Ganesh Mahtra and Mr. Rajesh Baviskar of Right Control and Instrument, Navi Mumbai sprayed an application of 15 litres of BIOLOGIC SR2 in various concentrations, along with 250 kg’s of an Alum based product.
The results were no less than amazing. The foul odor was gone immediately. Within one day the sewage sludge was significantly reduced. Within three days the opaque water was clear. By the 15th of June, all algae and floating vegetation had disappeared completely!
Needless to say, we are very excited to be asked to help in India’s efforts to improve their dire water conditions and provide odor control and waste water solutions. We also applaud the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (http://www.gatesfoundation.org/What-We-Do/Global-Development/Water-Sanitation-and-Hygiene) in their efforts to ‘enable universal access to sustainable sanitation services by supporting the development of radically new sanitation technologies’. We share in their drive to improve sanitation, centered on the desire to save 700,000 children annually who die from sanitation based illnesses.
We continue to work with various organizations in India and look forward to the day when the whole world can enjoy healthy, clean and sustainable water.