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Flush with Dirty Water, Gorakhpur Villages set up Treatment Plant

Using untreated wastewater for irrigation was a common practice by small and marginal farmers in the peri-urban areas of Gorakhpur. Consumption of vegetables grown with this water poses a huge risk of diseases. To solve this problem of water scarcity for irrigation and to promote decentralized community managed wastewater treatment system, GEAG supported the construction of Decentralized Waste Water Treatment Systems (DEWATS) in Mohripur village in Chargawan block and Semra Devi Prasad village in Khorabar block of Gorakhpur.

DEWATS is a civil construction of treating wastewater without any extra energy, recurring expenditure and with least labour, operation and maintenance cost. Wastewater from households and rainwater passes through the DEWATS and after treatment it is used for irrigation. The problems of waterlogging and unhygienic conditions in the village surroundings have also reduced after its construction. The wastewater after getting treated is being used by 11 farmers in Semra Devi village for vegetable harvesting. This treated water is low in toxic chemicals and is full of good bacteria which help farmers in getting high yield.

Indal, a vegetable farmer of Semra village says

“After the installation of treatment plant, the yield of vegetables has increased manifold. Earlier, I used to spend a lot of money on irrigation but now I rarely use water pump. Around 95 % of my water requirements are fulfilled by the treated water from DEWATS”.