The Beauty of a Wastewater Treatment Plant

Before the completion of a wastewater treatment plant, wastewater flowed untreated through this neighborhood — increasing the risk of waterborne and airborne diseases. Photo credit: Center for Urban and Regional Excellence
Before the completion of a wastewater treatment plant, wastewater flowed untreated through this neighborhood — increasing the risk of waterborne and airborne diseases. Photo credit: Center for Urban and Regional Excellence

Nine years ago, USAID supported the development of a wastewater treatment system that would treat wastewater, reduce waterborne diseases, and clean the river. Now, the local municipal corporation has taken it over, and others are following this model.

The Agra Municipal Corporation — the local governing body for the city — collaborated with a USAID-supported NGO called the Center for Urban and Regional Excellence to reduce the risks of disease. The solution was to construct a wastewater treatment plant that would make the waters flowing by the mausoleum cleaner — and the more than 2,000 people living in this settlement healthier.

Read the full article in USAID's Global Waters magazine.