US team to study Godavari

US team to study Godavari

With loads of faecal waste being dumped into the mighty Godavari, researchers have begun collecting pollution data from the country’s second longest river to find ways to clean it.

Three months of data collection by a team from the University of Chicago helped identify at least two pollution hotspots in West Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh.

The researchers were roped in by the Andhra Pradesh government to check the river’s health before and after the installation of three faecal sludge treatment plants (FSTP) in Kovvur, Narsapur and Palacole towns, each having a population of about 60,000-65,000.

“Construction of the first FSTP at Narsapur is on and likely to be operational in a few months. We hope to submit our report to the state government by early 2019,” Anup Malani, a professor at the University of Chicago, told DH.

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