Conference on the use of alternative approaches to reduce pollution of sewage waters in rural areas

The conference “Use of alternative approaches to reduce pollution of sewage waters in rural areas“ took place at Uhnev, Lviv oblast in Ukraine on 9 September 2016. It was organized by the Western Center of the Ukrainian Branch of the World Laboratory with financial support from Coalition Clean Baltic (CCB) under the framework of implementation of the “Program for support of the civil society and the water related environment in the Baltic Sea Basin” supported by the government of Sweden.

The aim of the conference was to introduce good practices of sewage water treatment and ecosanitation principles in rural residential areas to stakeholders and participants. Treatment charts are used in Sweden and Poland and were presented as an alternative to traditional canalization that could be used as an ecosanitation approach for decreasing sewage waters pollution in Ukraine.

Among the 30 participants of the conference were representatives of local self-governing and state organs of control and management in the field of use, restoration and protection of water resources, as well as active NGOs.

During the plenary session, there were presentations on the problem in the field of water resources treatment.
•    Melnychuk Andrii – head of the Department of water objects and environmental safety of the South-Buh basin management, Lutsk town
•    Orlovskyi Konstiantyn – head of the sector of regulation of water resources and deposits use of the Department of environment and natural resources of Lviv regional administration
•    Pashchenko Olena, vice-head of the All-Ukrainian branch of the World Laboratory
•    Hrytsyshyn Petro, director of the Western Center of the Ukrainian Branch of the World Laboratory
•    Mikhail Durkin, CCB Executive Secretary, on the legislation in the field of water resources preservation in European Union

A site visit to the Uhnev school was organised for the participants. Here an example of an urine-diverting toilet was demonstrated. This was built in a previous project and is now is operating under financial support of CCB. The participants agreed that the site is a good example of the practical solution to the problem of sanitation and water protection in rural residential areas and an alternative for expensive water treatment plant construction. Such solutions could become an important element of sustainable development of rural territories and water management in Ukraine.

The full report of the event is available on CCB’s website.

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