Pavitra Ganga

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

The Pavitra Ganga project ended at the end of January 2024 after five intense years of research and collaboration.


Our results and conclusions are grouped and presented below in six themes in line with our work packages.


Co-creation, policy support and safety planning

Monitoring and Modelling

Quality/quantity monitoring and modelling for Kanpur & New Delhi

Treatment and recovery technologies

Innovative wastewater treatment and resource recovery technologies


Validation of technologies at the pilot sites

Education and training

Capacity building for water professionals and stakeholders

Market uptake and business development

Market opportunities for sustainable wastewater treatment in India


Pavitra Ganga concludes with lively Final Conference in New Delhi


Pavitra Ganga concludes its series of co-creation workshops

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


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

Pavitra Ganga and the EU-India Water Projects