Analysis of Sanitation Flows

This course is designed for those with an interested in onsite sanitation or the management of faecal sludge such as practitioners, academicians, consultants, researchers, students and representatives from NGOs. 

For whom?

Young and mid-career water, sanitation or public health professionals working in private companies, local authorities or NGOs. Practitioners, decision-makers and other professionals (not strictly working already in the field) who have the interest to expand their knowledge in Sanitation.


While there is not a strict prerequisite to undertaking this course is recommended that the participants have clear concepts on:

• Microbiology (First-year undergraduate level, eg. classification of microbial life, autotrophic and heterotrophic organisms, growth requirements...)

• Chemistry (First-year undergraduate level, eg. chemical bonds, balancing reactions equations, oxidation-reduction reactions, solubility equilibrium, Gibbs free energy...)

In case you desire to update/refresh these concepts you can have a look at our free online preparatory courses on Microbiology and Chemistry via the link

Dates, Fee, ECTS

Start: 13 December 2021
End: 17 December 2021
ECTS credit points: 1
Course fee: € 1000
Course is cancelled

VAT is not included in the course fee

Learning objectives

Upon completion, the participant should be able to:
  1. 1. Compare the characteristics of different sanitation streams and assess their potential pollution and health impacts
  2. 2. Evaluate the results gained from laboratory test of to identify samples taken from various sanitation streams

Course content

This five-day course has been developed to enable the participants to distinguish between different sanitation flows through their characteristics. The following themes are covered: the different characteristics of sanitation flows, their potential pollution and health impacts and laboratory analysis of sanitation flows.

The laboratory analysis covers basic parameters and will include chemical, biological and physical parameters. This course is delivered through workshops, practical’s and laboratory sessions, and is taught in our new faecal sludge laboratory, which is currently the only laboratory in Europe specialized in faecal sludge analysis.

It should be noted that this is not solely a laboratory course and laboratory analysis undertaken is basic (hence it is suitable for those without any laboratory experience).

Study subjects

  • Classification of waste types
  • Sanitation streams and typical characteristics
  • Review of potential pollution and health issues associated with sanitation streams
  • Introduction to sanitation streams as a raw material
  • Laboratory induction
  • Analysis of sanitation streams, parameters tested should include chemical, physical and biological


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