In 2011, the Environmental Cooperation-Asia (ECO-Asia), a regional program of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), conducted a rapid assessment on septage management in selected countries in Asia to better understand the status of septage management and policy implementation. One of the key findings is that a key challenge shared by all countries is the limited awareness of policymakers about septage management and the corresponding need for policy setting, funding allocation, and enforcement. A key recommendation from the report is to strengthen the capacity of implementing agencies and utilities.
As a response, WaterLinks and ADB, through ADB's Water Operators Partnership (WOPs), in cooperation with Malaysia's Indah Water Korsortium (IWK) have jointly developed this Master Class for Septage Management. IWK is Malaysia's national sewerage company and is responsible for providing sewerage services, operating, and maintaining more than 5,000 public sewage treatment plants. IWK has been a mentor for the WOPs Program, specifically in wastewater management.
The objective of the Master Class on Septage Management is to raise awareness and appreciation among utilities and service providers to ensure support for the implementation of septage management programs and initiatives. Specifically, the Master Class will introduce the basics of septage management and provide successful examples of best practices in septage management in the Asia and Pacific region.
The Master Class for Septage Management is intended for Facility Managers of Wastewater Treatment and/or its equivalent position. A maximum of 12 participants will be invited from Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Nepal, Mongolia, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, the Philippines, and Viet Nam.
The Master Class is being organized by WaterLinks and ADB, through the WOPs, in cooperation with IWK.