Water management in Bangalore

An interesting talk and panel discussion on how small-scale sewage treatment plants can resolve the water crisis to a great extent, in Bangalore.

Event Details


swissnex India
#26, Rest House Crescent Road, Bangalore, Karnataka 560001 India


May 08, 2018 from 5:00 am to 8:30 am Asia/India (UTC+05:30)


Free. Register before 2:00 pm on 4th May 2018

With the impending threat of Bangalore marching towards Day Zero, citizens need to embrace as many solutions as possible to alleviate water shortage.

Join us for a talk on the role of small-scale Sewage Treatment Plants (STPs) by 4S Project, an Indo-Swiss initiative. Hear from them, the key findings on how small-scale STPs can contribute towards resolving the water crisis in Bangalore, and engage with the speakers and panellists over lunch.



Lukas Ulrich specialises in sanitation and wastewater management solutions for development. Lukas joined Eawag’s department Sanitation, Water and Solid Waste for Development (Sandec) in 2010. Eawag is a world-leading institute for research, education and expert consulting in aquatic science and technology. He has been managing the 4S project based out of Bangalore. 4S (‘Small-Scale Sanitation Scaling-Up’) aims to evaluate existing small-scale sewage treatment plants (STPs) in South Asia and to develop evidence-based policy recommendations for their improved planning, operation and management. Data collection was carried out from 2016 to 2017 by the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology (Eawag) in partnership with IIT Madras, BORDA (Germany) and CDD Society (Bangalore). 4S is funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
Lukas Ulrich
Project Coordinator / EAWAG
Ligy is a Professor at the Environmental and Water Resources Engineering Division, Department of Civil Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Madras.
Prof. Ligy Philip
Department of Civil Engineering / IIT Madras
Manas is a Senior Advisor with BORDA, focused on private sector engagement in urban sanitation, designing Public-Private Partnerships and developing financial models for decentralized sanitation systems and FSM. He earlier worked at Dasra and Avendus Capital, and has 18 years of operating, business development, investment banking and social sector experience. Manas is an advisor to Fitternity.com, the Yunus India Corporate Action Tank and several social enterprises. He is a graduate of MIT and the Sloan School of Management.
Manas Rath
Senior Advisor / BORDA



10:30 – Welcome and Introduction

10:45 – The 4S Project – Objectives and Approach

11:00 – Findings from the 4S Project

  • Status of Small-Scale Sanitation in Bangalore and India – Lukas Ulrich
  • Technical Performance of Systems: Evaluation Results – Prof. Ligy Philip
  • Cost and Management of Small-Scale STPs – Improving Sewage Management and Reuse – Manas Rath
  • Governance of SSS in Bangalore: Strengths and Gaps in the Institutional and Regulatory Frameworks – Lukas Ulrich
  • Main Conclusions and Recommendations for Bangalore – Prof. Ligy Philip, Manas Rath & Lukas Ulrich

12:15 – Moderated Discussion with Panellists and the Audience: How to Achieve Lasting Performance of Small-Scale STPs in Bangalore?

12:45 – Closing remarks

13:00 – 14:00 – Networking lunch

Kindly register to participate before 2:00 pm on 4th May 2018. Selected participants will be notified via email.

Read the policy brief that presents the main results of the first systematic assessment of small-scale sanitation (SSS) in India.