Alappuzha, one of the first planned towns in India, has several geographic peculiarities which make the situation uniquely challenging. Intertwined with a man-made canal system consisting of 3 main canals and 104 sub-canals, the town lacks any form of conventional centralised sewerage system. High water table and the relatively flat topography make such systems unsuitable for deployment. Over decades, the canal system has shown visible degradation due to solid and liquid waste dumping.
The Winter and Summer Schools were a series of initiatives by IIT Bombay and KILA which brought students from IIT and other engineering colleges across the country to diagnose and understand the water and sanitation issues of Alappuzha. The schools featured field visits, surveys, discussions and sessions by domain experts.
Based on our analysis of the prevailing state of water and sanitation in Alappuzha, we were able to assist in developing a decentralised wastewater treatment system (DEWATS) at Municipal Colony, Chathanad which significantly reduced the pollution load in Chathanad canal.
CANALPY has also been a part of multiple sanitation campaigns across Alappuzha, both by ourselves and with other partners.
CANALPY has also been active in developing the CANSAN (Canal Sanitation) clubs initiative, which brings together school students from across Alappuzha to be a part of sanitation intiatives.