About NaWaTech

NaWaTech is an Indian-European Research and Development Project initiated in July 2012 and co-financed by the European Commission under the 7th Framework Programme (G.A. 308336) and the Department of Science and Technology of the Government of India (S.O DST/IMRCD/NaWaTech/2012/(G)).


The project NaWaTech “Natural Water Systems and Treatment Technologies to cope with Water Shortages in Urbanised Areas in India” aims to explore, assess and enhance the potential of natural and compact technical water treatment systems, in order to improve their performance and reliability for the effective management of municipal water sources and to cope with water shortages in urban India.

An international team composed by 7 European partners, coordinated by the ttz-Bremerhaven and 7 indian partners, coordinated by NEERI work on the adaptation of different natural and compact water systems to the Indian context during the 3 year lifetime of NaWaTech.


NaWaTech Consortium, Mid Term meeting in Pune, Maharashtra, April 2014 (Source: NaWaTech)

NaWaTech Objectives

The specific objectives of NaWaTech are:

1. Assess the technical, financial and environmental potential of natural and technical water treatment technologies to cope with water shortages in urbanised areas in India.

2. Enhance the natural and technical water treatment systems for the production of recycled water to supplement water sources considering extreme climatic conditions and highly varying pollutions loads.

3. Disseminate, exploit and ensure the take- up in practice and mainstreaming of NaWaTech activities and outputs by key stakeholders.

4. Benefit SMEs in the water sector by supporting the development of a local market for innovative water treatment technologies, and to train the SMEs on the NaWaTech approach.

5. Establish foundations of a long-term cooperation between EU and India in water technologies.


NaWaTech's Workplan

A work plan, consisting on 6 Work Packages (WP) with research, demonstration, dissemination and training activities, has been designed and followed by the project consortium to achieve the proposed objectives:


WP1 “Assessment”is designed for the assessment of 23 potential natural and compacted water treatment systems(see Appropriate Technologies) to treat and reuse secondary urban water sources and to recharge primary water sources. A number of technology arrangements were selected for further development.


WP2 “Enhancement”is the research component of the project, in which a group of technologies and systems were enhanced in the frame of pilot-scale experiments. Furthermore, the operation and maintenance of the systems under the specific boundary conditions (local settings, organisations involved, etc.) was described within the framework of the NaWaTech Safety Plans (see Module 3).


 WP3 “Development” consists on the implementation of 6 test sites in Nagpur and Pune (Maharashtra, India), in which arrangements of appropriate treatments (such as SBR, MBR, different constructed wetlands, anaerobic treatments, etc.) are being tested under urban Indian conditions (see chapter of case studies).


In WP4 “Community of Practice” a community of practice (CoP) was initiated bringing together all key stakeholders from research, industry and governmental bodies in Pune and Nagpur, Maharashtra – India. WP4 was also the framework for twinning a total of 14 MSc and PhD students from India, Austria, Germany and Spain.


Complementary to the above-described research and development activities, the WP5 “Dissemination and Training” has been designed for the production of dissemination materials and the offering of Indo-European Workshops in Barcelona, Spain (November 2013), Pune, India (April 2014), Vienna, Austria (November 2014) as well as the Final NaWaTech Conference in November 2015.


The WP6 “SME Promotion” is dedicated to the transfer of knowledge gathered to SMEs working in the water sector in India.


The following Pert Diagram shows the different Work Packages and their relationships.


                                             The NaWaTech Pert Diagram


For more information please visit: www.nawatech.net

NaWaTech Leaflet 1 page 1 / page 2

NaWaTech Leaflet 2 page 1 / page 2

NaWaTech Poster