Workshop on Pathogen Analysis of Faecal Sludge

October 2022

Pathogen analysis is a crucial part of faecal sludge management. Various pathogens are present in faecal sludge and can survive and infect humans if faecal sludge is not treated properly.

The Government of Maharashtra (GoM) has adopted a systematic approach to implement city-wide Faecal Sludge Management plans across the state. A Government Resolution was released on 8th November 2019 to set up 311 individual Faecal Sludge Treatment Plants. With the commission and subsequent operationalization of FSTPs at this scale, the characterization and testing of the septage and sludge becomes important.

In this context, CWAS in partnership with Birla Institute of Technology- Goa, organized a two-day workshop on “Pathogen Analysis of Faecal Sludge” for laboratories and agriculture colleges. The principal objective was to develop the capacity of various laboratories in the state of Maharashtra in the context of pathogen analysis of the Faecal Sludge. The training focused on pathogen and Helminth eggs testing of the sludge.