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Are you a teacher and looking for training materials?

Our School Activity Collection assembles various activities on the vital topics of WASH, energy conservation, biodiversity and waste management.

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Mara, D. D. (1985)

Design of Pour-Flush Latrines

The traditional solution to providing sanitation facilities in urban areas has been conventional sewerage, but this technology is so expensive that it is not generally affordable by low-income communities. World Bank research has shown that full health benefits can be obtained through the use of a variety of lower-cost alternative sanitation technologies. Although the user convenience level of …

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NWP (2006)

Smart Sanitation Solutions
Examples of Innovative, Low-Cost Technologies for Toilets, Collection, Transportation, Treatment and Use of Sanitation Products

Sanitation, along with clean water and food security, is a primary driver for improving public health. It reduces people’s exposure to disease by providing a clean living environment. It is a crucial element in breaking the cycle of infection-disease-recovery-infection, resulting from unsafe disposal of human waste containing pathogens. Behavioural and technical measures are both required to …

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Winblad, U., Simpson-Hébert, M. (editors) (2004)

Ecological Sanitation
revised and enlarged edition

The major global challenges faced by the sanitation sector are the many people without sanitation, the health effects of poor sanitation, water shortage and pollution, food insecurity, urban growth and the inadequacy of current sanitation options.

This book is about sanitation for the future, in a world where most people will live in towns and cities. Over the next 25 years the world’s …

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Reed, B. (2012)

An Engineer’s Guide to Latrine Slabs

The design of a simple latrine slab is a basic structural problem for an engineer. However, as the slab forms a critical part of a sanitary facility for most people living in low-income countries, the design criteria also need to include issues relating to user preference, culture, gender, health, economics, maintenance and sustainability, as well as those related to construction where size, …

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Morgan, P. (2007)

Toilets That Make Compost
Low-cost, sanitary toilets that produce valuable compost for crops in an African context

This book describes how to make a range of toilets that also make compost. The compost is useful in the vegetable garden and can also be used for growing trees. The simplest are low cost pit toilets and a builder is not required once the householder has learned the basic methods of construction. The more complex toilets use a method known as urine diversion and a builder will be required to …

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Muspratt, A., Miller, A. (2018)

Mechanical Dewatering for Fecal Sludge Treatment Applications
Process & Technology Review

This article is a synthesis of experience operating mechanical dewatering equipment and vetting tens of technologies. The article includes comparative costs as well as design and operational considerations. The views on the benefits and potential challenges associated with deploying mechanical dewatering technologies are also presented.

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GSMA (2018)

Mobile for Development Utilities
Achieving SDGs 6 and 7: The promise and impact of mobile technology

The GSMA Mobile for Development Utilities programme was launched in 2012, with the support of the UK Government, to promote the role of mobile technology in increasing and improving access to basic utility services in underserved communities. This annual report shares our progress over the last 18 months and highlights key insights and trends in the mobile-enabled utility space. The evidence is …

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Muspratt, A., Miller, A. (2018)

Mechanical Dewatering for Fecal Sludge Treatment Applications Process & Technology Review

When properly designed and sized, WSPs deliver high quality effluent at marginal running costs. Their minimal maintenance requirements make them relatively hard to break – the textbook example of “appropriate technology”.
The simplicity and elegance of natural treatments systems will always have a special place in the hearts of many sanitation engineers but their large footprint has made …

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Oscar Veses, Brabara Evans, Susanne Bieker (2018)

Promotion of SFDs: Review of Phase 1 Report

This document represents a review report of the experience gained from producing SFDs from GIZ, WEDC, UoL, CSE and Eawag under the of the Phase I of the “Promotion of Shit Flow Diagrams” project funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
This report results from collating inputs from all partners on the use of the manual for SFD production, the SFD calculation tool, key learning points …

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Raab, D. (2017)

Analysis of exposure pathways and measures to mitigate the emanating risk of sanitation options in coastal areas of islands in the south pacific

Rural coastal areas of islands in the South Pacific are often characterized by shallow groundwater and are prone to floods. The prevalent pit-based sanitation (i.e. ‘bush’, Dry, and Pour-Flush Toilets) may cause microbiological and chemical groundwater contamination. Floods involve the risk of spreading pathogens in the environment and may cause toilets to be inoperable. Composting Toilets …

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Sustainable Sanitation and Water Management (2017)

Wastewater Treatment and Energy Production in Southern Syria

The setting is in a small village in southern Syria where approximately 300 houses exist with an average of 5
inhabitants living in each one. The villagers produce some of the products they need by practicing agriculture in
lands adjacent to their houses. Some larger scale agricultural activities are being practiced. The products are sold in a vegetable market in the village. Water is supplied …

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