Sanita Dhaubanjar, 2013, Engineering and Applied Science
This summer I worked in the Bio-based and Green Energy laboratory at Kathmandu University researching various topics in energy recovery from wastewater. I reviewed literature on decentralised wastewater treatment systems for developing countries and eventually focused more on anaerobic treatment of wastewater. Through this internship, I gained a thorough understanding of wastewater systems and analysed the failures of wastewater treatment systems that have been implemented in developing countries,with the goal of identifying suitable treatment methods for Nepal. Bureaucratic and administrative issues are usually responsible for failure of many engineering projects in the third world. However, I realized that in the case of wastewater management, technical inefficiencies have also made it hard to develop sustainable wastewater treatment projects. Appropriate technologies that are simple, efficient, and easily adoptable by the local community are lacking. While I don’t plan to expand on this project yet, I am interested in looking into wastewater management issues.