Pavitra Ganga

An EU-India project unlocking wastewater treatment,water re-use and resource recovery opportunities for urban and peri-urban areas in India.

Demonstration Site New Delhi

The Barrapullah drain

The 1.25 million Liters of wastewater that passes daily through the Barapullah drain systems make it an ideal demonstration site for the technologies that Pavitra Ganga will test.


Demonstration Site Kanpur

The Jajmau Sewage Treatment Plant

The three different treatment plants at Jajmau (Kanpur) are underperforming and cause different kinds of environmental pollution. This demonstration site offers thus the opportunity to test decentralised treatment solutions for secondary and advanced treatment in specific real-life conditions and to detect and remediate problems as a result of upscaling.

Jajmau STP

Work Packages of Pavitra Ganga


Critical issues and strategies for wastewater management in Kanpur and New Delhi presented in a policy brief

Our progress report (July 2021)

Ruben Vingerhoets awarded for his Masters’ thesis at IIT Kanpur

At the beginning of 2020 Ruben Vingerhoets (University of Antwerp) travelled to the Department of Civil Engineering at IIT Kanpur, where he tested the IPC Membrane component of the Andicos technology and adapted it to th

Joint Webinar shows the way towards zero water pollution in India

New scientific article about the role of the mesh pore size in Dynamic Membrane Bioreactors

Pavitra Ganga's policy brief launched on Water Digest Awards 2019-2020

Pavitra Ganga policy brief depicts determinants of (un)successful wastewater treatment and resource recovery reuse governance models

Co-creation workshops to map and analyse wastewater management challenges in Delhi

“Without stakeholder engagement we cannot realise our ambition to create new waste water treatment options that work for India”


Interview with Tineke Hooijmans (IHE Delft) and Anshuman (TERI) on Pavitra Ganga's water governance work

Pavitra Ganga partners visit the Kanpur villages using partially treated sewage and tannery effluents from the Jajmau area


Stakeholder consultation workshop in Kanpur: an animated discussion about waste water management complexities and responsibilities

Pavitra Ganga and the EU-India Water Projects

The Pavitra Ganga project's aim is to define innovative, cost effective and energy efficient solutions for the treatment of (unregulated) drains in India.

India’s water resources are under severe stress resulting from overexploitation and pollution.

To achieve the goals of PAVITRA GANGA we have set a number of specific objectives.

Discover more about the Pavitra Ganga consortium and the EU-India sister projects.

Pavitra Ganga tests and demonstrates innovative waste water treatment and resource recovery technologies both lab scale and in real life Indian conditions. Discover the technologies here.

Pavitra Ganga validates the selected technologies at the demonstration sites and demonstrates modular wastewater treatment solutions in specific setups.