Planning & Design of Sanitation Systems and Technologies

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  • Week 1 - Introduction to sanitation planning & systems approach
    The course will begin with an overview of why sanitation is important for human health and environmental protection, especially in urban areas. This is followed by a presentation of the importance of the Enabling Environment. It will then review existing state...
  • Week 2 - Sanitation systems & technologies
    After presenting different sanitation planning frameworks you will learn about the systems approach to environmental sanitation – the key terminology and concepts and why systems’ thinking is crucial for urban environmental sanitation.
  • Week 3 - Sanitation systems & technologies
    The focus of week 3 provides a detailed overview of different sanitation systems, from simple the single pit system to more complex centralised treatment systems. The main treatment processes are then reviewed in detail, highlighting advantages and disadvantag...
  • Week 4 - Urban sanitation solutions - Case studies
    In this week we’ll present case studies from Africa and Asia showing different sanitation solutions from neighbourhood to national scale.
  • Week 5 - Urban sanitation tools
    Week 5 presents various urban sanitation tools, such a excreta flow diagrams (SFD’s) or sanitation safety planning. In February 2017, we updated this week with a series of modules from our colleagues from the World Bank Water and Sanitation Programme covering ...




Christoph Lüthi
Sanitation, Water and Solid Waste for Development / Eawag


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