Pilot project on wastewater reuse to be inaugurated soon at Little Flower Convent, Chennai

A pilot project on wastewater reuse with nature-based solutions and improvement of groundwater recharge will soon be inaugurated at the Little Flower Convent in Chennai. This is part of the initiatives by a consortium of various organisations led by the Netherlands-based Ooze Architects and Urbanists. Under this, a water balance model is developed to replenish aquifers and ensure water security at the Convent with 300 students. Further, the project used an advanced septic tank and constructed wetlands with canna plants for treating greywater. This reclaimed water would be used for non-potable purposes along with recharge of groundwater. At present, rainwater is collected to replenish groundwater while 27,000 litres of sewage generated daily in the school is treated through anaerobic and aerobic treatment methods. The initiative is being carried out in collaboration with organisations like Madras Terrace, IIT Madras, Biomatrix Water, Care Earth Trust, Pitchandikulam Forest Consultants, Paperman Foundation, Rain Centre, Goethe Insitute, Information and Resource Centre for the Deprived Urban Communities and Uravugal Social Welfare Trust.