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Visit to Soil Biotechnology Plant at ACCEPT society

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11 Sep 2011 10:00

SBT is a natural wastewater system with significant advantages over conventional approaches to wastewater treatment. More information about SBT at:

We are planning to go on Sunday, September 11th. We will meet  at the intersection of Hennur Main Road and Outer Ring Road at 10:00am. See below for details. We will be back at Hennur Main road around xxxx. Please let me know if you are coming (with a contact no). The visit is likely to be more fruitful if you view this video on the project beforehand:


ACCEPT Society where the wastewater treatment plant is located, is about 7 kms away from the intersection of Outer Ring Road/Hennur Cross intersection. A map of the route may be accessed at:

What we will do is meet close to the Outer Ring Road/ Hennur Cross intersection and carpool together from there. If you are coming on Outer Ring Road take the turn at the intersection onto Hennur Main road going *away* from the city (ie if you are coming from Hebbal side turn left, if you are coming from Ramamurthy Nagar side, turn right). Hennur Cross intersection is not well-signposted, you can use the following information to find it on Outer Ring Road: there is heavy flyover construction work going on here, and one of the buildings at the intersection is an education group called "Florence and Florida Group of Instiutions". There is also a tall dome and spire of a mosque visible close to the intersection.

We will meet on the side of the Hennur Main road, a couple of hundred feet away from the intersection.

We will start from there together to ACCEPT Society at 10:00 am. Please be on time, else we will start and you will need find your own way to the location.

If you want to or need to use public transportation, you can take it to the Hennur Cross intersection and get a lift from us from there to ACCEPT Society and back.

If you are late and have to come by yourself, use the map above, and here are directions in words also to help you: Come down Outer Ring Road and then take the Hennur Main Road *away from the city* at Hennur Cross intersection. (This is also the new alternate road to the Airport). Follow the road for about 5 km. You'll pass a Reliance Fresh on your left, Jain Heights Apartments on your right, go over a large nullah, pass BWSSB treatment plant on your right and then a school. Further down you will pass a large corporate campus, "Biozeen" company on your left. At this point the road curves towards the right, and you will also see another road taking off from the main road and going sharply to the right. Take this right. It is almost a U-Turn. After that you just have to follow this road which curves a lot. You will pass a large campus called SAIACS.  Further down, after a curve in the road, you will see a left turn and a bunch of signs for various institutions - VISTHAR, Karnataka Rehabilitation Center and ACCEPT. You will miss this if you are going too fast! Take this left. The road is bumpy and not tarred from here. ACCEPT Society is all the way at the end of the road where it dead-ends.

Rsvp to & ( cell: 98801 37097) over a mail.

Best wishes,
Vijay Krishna, Arghyam, Bangalore
"Safe, sustainable water for all" ,

Muralidhar Rao


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Soil Biotechnology plant

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How was the visit? Who all atteded? any impressions, pictures?

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I didn't go myself as I got busy with something else.

Some comments on HU y-group by members who made the visit:

A) very interesting setup. A NGO that has many things in place thanks to some sane CSR initiatives - Rain Water Harvesting by KPMG, Water Treatment using Soil Bio Technology (SBT), Solar water heaters, around 9 cows - potential for Biogas, etc. Pics for those interested -
- a close implementation of the idea -

B) Basically a good application would be the STP built for lakes.

C) Not sure if it can scale to cater to a lake. The problem is you need a very large area for larger amount of water. At Accept it is designed for 15000L of water. I was surprised that the plants are only decorative (bio indicators that all is well). Could be a wiser choice of plants. Very little maintenance as compared to its counterparts with unskilled labor were the highlights of the setup.

We are planning to work with them to setup a biogas plant as there are around 9 cows there already. Could make a good waste management setup but is too far from most places.

D) It was used by Bombay municipal corporation to treat water pumped into the sea. A quick look at jaraganahalli lake tells me that there is at least some scope. The lake has a large periphery.

Apartments, builders will not be interested though it is good for apartments as well.

E) Yes that's worth considering. I found this presentation which gets rather technical for those interested -

Definitely worth considering for a lot of places. I just see the initial cost as a deterrent but that shall reduce in time I am sure

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Pics from our visit to the ACCEPT society

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We did visit the place that day and here are the pics for those interested -

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the DEWATS model

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Here's the link to a discussion on DEWATS (Decentralized Wastewater Treatment Systems) route and their Bengaluru set-up. While there are commonalities in their approach to that of ACCEPT, perhaps DEWATS is more professionally organised.

Either way, I am sure, their respective models can be built-up on to change the whole approach to managing the problem in a decentralised way, with minimum usage of power. This is compared to the present approach of managing through energy-guzzling, centralised STP's, which, because of the huge energy costs, are prone to being shut down, and allowing for discharge of the sewage untreated.

This, of course, is apart from raw sewage being reached to the STP's, through the storm-water drains, raising a stink, literally, across the city.

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