Faecal Sludge Management

In this course we will address a holistic approach on FSM. There will be a focus on technology; however, technology cannot be seen separately from planning and management aspects; therefore, non-technical aspects will also be addressed in this module. As we are at IHE Delft gathering active knowledge on emergency sanitation and on sanitation challenges for the urban poor within the work related to the Bill&Melinda Gates Foundation grant, participants will be introduced to the latest findings in these fields.

For whom?

This course is designed for sanitary, civil / wastewater and environmental engineers who are facing challenges with faecal sludge. As on-site sanitation is by far the most applied sanitation technology, faecal sludge management is of paramount importance globally.

Learning objectives

Upon completion, the participant should be able to:
  1. Describe the way how excreta and faecal sludge are characterised.
  2. Know which technologies can be applied for which type of faecal sludge (settling tanks, planted and unplanted drying beds, etc)
  3. Name the key stakeholders in FSM.
  4. Name the challenges in emergency sanitation and know how emergency sanitation can be addressed.
  5. Be familiar with the latest developments in sustainable (on-site) sanitation solutions that can be applied in high density low income areas.

Course Content

  • Overview of FSM (Objectives) 
  • Public Health and sanitation
  • Excreta Characterisation 
  • Faecal Sludge Systems
  • Non-Technical Aspects of FSM 
  • Specific circumstances


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