As the number of devotees visiting the temple increases, so was the wastewater generated and the Sri Guru Narasimha Temple at Saligrama in Udupi district was no exception to this norm.
With the number of devotees visiting every day touching an average 500 and about 4,000 on Saturdays, the temple had been facing the stupendous task of managing wastewater. Since wastewater was being discharged behind the temple, it used to affect the agriculture fields adjacent to it too.
A few months ago, the temple managing committee decided to go ahead with the wastewater recycling plant using the latest technology. A Bengaluru-based firm offered to provide 50 kilolitres/day capacity treatment plant. Designed on Sequencing Batch Reactor (SBR), the plant can be operated in a batch mode with aeration and sludge settlement both occurring in the same tank.