SEWBER – Septic Aggregator Application

2016 - 2018 • Saraplast Pvt Ltd


To develop and commercialize an Uber-like app that can reduce the amount of untreated waste released into the environment in urban and peri-urban locations in 2 pilot cities in India


Customers will be able to book a septage/pluming cleaning service from any part of India, based on the real time information. There would also be a toll free number for people to call on and book services if they do have access to a smart phone. This application will be used by septic vendors and their customers.

The pilot would be carried out in Pune and Bangalore.

The SEWBER application would bridge the gap between septic services demand and supply. It would help scale the number of trips for vendors from an average 5-6 trips/day to an additional 8-9 trips/day in the first year. This would result in collection and responsible disposal of approximately 78,000 litres of sewage in a day per vendor compared to approximately 30,000 litres being disposed currently. SWEBER would create a competitive septic/drain market and boost the septic industry, which is otherwise looked down upon. SEWBER would help stabilize the septic service prices.

Sara Plast would like to assess the feasibility of using a technology based aggregation platform to remove market matching inefficiencies and inadequacies between demand and supply, in the septage management market especially the desludging market. This concept, if proven, could open doors to broader applications across the value chain, while increasing market efficiency and promoting standardization. Sara Plast, a market leader in development of innovative solutions in the sanitation space will be closely involved in the study, and will potentially take forward (to implementation) the concept upon establishment of viability.

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- To develop and commercialize an Uber-like app that can reduce the amount of untreated waste released into the environment in urban and peri-urban locations in 2 pilot cities in India, thereby improving the health and livelihoods of the poor.
- To build a mobile based application, which would be a one stop platform for all customers that need on demand septic services and drain cleaning.

Further information

Septic vendors would pay an initial registration fee of Rs 1000/- to download the mobile application. A commission of 10 % would be earned by SEWBER on complete transactions (trips carried out by the septic tanks) as the aggregator. Vendors would also have the option of advertising on the application for an additional fee per month. If a vendor or its drivers do not own smart phones, the same would be provided by SEWBER on EMI basis as well.

This grant has been made to 3S, a for - profit, sanitation business operating in 8 states in India to support the development of an uber like app, "sewber" to improve collection and disposal of fecal waste in 2 pilot cities: Pune and Bangalore. At the moment we are in the development stage. We have just completed the market research study.

3S is a Saraplast enterprise.

The name of the company is Saraplast Pvt Ltd ( also known as 3S, its brand name).

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Asia & Pacific Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Emptying and transport (non sewered) Faecal sludge treatment processes Peri-urban Practitioners Private sector, including social enterprises Public awareness, advocacy and civil society engagement Specific to one or several countries Urban (entire city)

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Concept of SEWBER

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Objectives and scope of the study

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