Sanitation access in urban areas of low-income countries is largely provided through non-sewered sanitation, where the faecal sludge accumulating in those onsite systems needs to be managed adequately. However, measuring volumes and accumulation rates of faecal sludge at the individual household level is difficult, as sludge is typically underground in informally constructed containments, with no level of standardization. The lack of reliable methods to estimate the quantities and qualities that need to be managed at community to city-wide scales, represents a major challenge to the planning and implementation of management and treatment solutions, frequently resulting in failures. Inadequately sized treatment and management solutions impact operations and are a direct risk to public health. Hence, there is great demand for an approach that derives better estimates of the quality and quantity of faecal sludge by development agencies, consultants, government organizations, academics and practitioners.
To develop a reliable method that can estimate volumes and accumulation rates of faecal sludge at larger scales in cities of low- and middle-income countries.
- In partner countries: Validated approaches to improve human waste management methods for sewerless cities in low- and middle-income countries.
- In Switzerland: Strengthened knowledge and increased collaboration between Swiss researchers and specialized consulting firms.
Partner countries: India, Nepal and Bangladesh
Cost: CHF 650,000
Duration: 3 years