ECO-India stands for energy efficient community-based water and wastewater treatment systems for deployment in India. Eco-India was supported by the Indian Department of Science and Technology (DST) and the Directorate-General for Research & Innovation from the European Commision (FP7). The project developed a sustainable, innovative, environmental friendly and cost effective water supply system for arsenic-affected water-stressed regions in India. The two consortia, Indian (DST) and European (FP7), have established pilot schemes for:
- Sustainable catchment area and reservoir management
- Surface water supply schemes based on solar power
- Arsenic removal (including monitoring using UFZ’s field-tested Arsolux arsenic sensor)
- Disinfection treatment for potable water based on Trustwater’s CE-certified mixed-oxidant generation systems
- Water distribution network, sewerage and wastewater treatment together with online/offline water quality monitoring programmes
- In addition, prototype energy-efficient modules for water deionisation and heavy metal removal were developed and a feasibility study performed to assess the potential for energy harvesting from sludge.