Faecal Sludge Management Workshop

CAWST, Sandec (2016)

Published in: 2016
Pages: 250

Centre for Affordable Water and Sanitation Technology (CAWST), Calgary, Canada

CAWST, Sandec

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This collection contains the resources for both trainers and participants for CAWST and Eawag-Sandec's Introduction to Faecal Sludge Management workshop. This is a two-three day introductory workshop on FSM designed for various sanitation stakeholders. In this workshop, participants will learn about faecal sludge management for low-income communities not connected to a sewer. The workshop provides participants with an overview of technologies for faecal sludge collection, transportation, treatment, and use. It also introduces planning and management of faecal sludge management systems.

The overall goal for this workshop is for participants to be able to apply concepts of sustainable faecal sludge management at a community or city-wide scale. Upon completion of the workshop, participants will be able to:

• Discuss the importance of faecal sludge management to protect public health and the environment
• Describe faecal sludge management in relation to the entire sanitation service chain
• Describe the design approach for the sanitation service chain
• Identify different faecal sludge collection and transportation technologies
• Identify different faecal sludge treatment technologies
• Identify different options for the safe use or disposal of faecal sludge treatment products
• Identify common faecal sludge management implementation challenges and discuss solutions
• Discuss a planning approach for faecal sludge management
• Establish a network of contacts with other faecal sludge management practitioners

The following is a tentative list of the topics covered in the workshop material. A specific agenda will be developed for the training based on consultations with the organizer and participants.


• Characteristics of excreta and faecal sludge, and the difference between faecal sludge and wastewater characteristics
• Global and local faecal sludge management issues
• Risks of faecal sludge management in relation to public health and the multi-barrier approach
• Faecal sludge management in relation to the entire sanitation service chain
• Design approach to arrive at a sustainable faecal sludge management solution
• Different manual and mechanized methods to collect faecal sludge from on-site sanitation technologies and transport the faecal sludge for treatment
• Faecal sludge treatment objectives and technologies
• Common operation and maintenance challenges of faecal sludge treatment facilities
• Value of using faecal sludge treatment products
• Stakeholder analysis and engagement as a critical part of faecal sludge management
• Financial transfers and flow models for faecal sludge management
• Legal frameworks for faecal sludge management
• Integrated planning process for faecal sludge management
• Incremental improvement plans to reduce faecal transmission routes and implement a sanitation service chain

• Identifying solutions to real life case studies
• Developing an incremental improvement plan for different scenarios
• Planning actions and next steps for after the workshop
• Participating in a field trip to visit local faecal sludge management technologies and systems (optional)

Note: The following topics are outside the scope of this workshop:

• Design and construction of on-site sanitation technologies, like pit latrines or septic tanks. For more information on this topic, see CAWST’s workshop on Latrine Design and Construction at: www.cawst.org/services/training
• Wastewater transported by a sewered system

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CAWST, Sandec (2016). Faecal Sludge Management Workshop. Centre for Affordable Water and Sanitation Technology (CAWST), Calgary, Canada

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