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Sanitation and Waste Management (Solid and Liquid) in Urban India: The Challenge and Opportunity for Entrepreneurs

  • MIT, Building 4-237 77 Massachusetts Avenue Cambridge, MA, 02139 United States (map)

Manas Rath, an MIT Alum, is an advisor to some outstanding socially-focused businesses and non-profit organizations in India, as well as to impact investors and philanthropists. He has worked extensively on issues of urban sanitation, education/youth development and disabilities, helping social enterprises scale their impact, develop sustainable operating models and build stronger teams. He serves on the Clean India (Swachh Bharat) Task Force of the Government of India, and on CSR and advisory boards.


Manas works extensively with BORDA, a German technical non-profit organization with operations in 24 countries, focused on de-centralized sewage management solutions. Specifically, BORDA has played a key role in developing Decentralized Wastewater Treatment Systems (DEWATS) that use zero electricity (purely biological treatment) and require minimal maintenance by un-skilled labor, and thus are robust enough to be deployed in the most difficult and remote locations. Over 4,000 of these systems have been designed and installed across Africa, India, Indonesia and 20 other countries. They have built over 400 systems in India treating from 20,000 – 2 million liters of sewage per day.


This event is organized jointly by the MIT Waste Alliance and MIT Water Club, and made possible with the support of the GSC Sustainability Fund and Graduate Student Life Grants

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