Ancient water and sanitation systems - applicability for the contemporary urban developing world

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The main objective of this paper was to discuss and evaluate the applicability of selected ancient water and sanitation systems for the contemporary developing world. This topic is relevant given information the pressing need for sustainable and cost-effective water and sanitation facilities, particularly in urban areas of the developing world and (ii) the current focus on development of decentralised sanitation systems.

The paper addresses this issue by discussing selected water and sanitation technologies in the context of the contemporary developing world. Civilisations covered include those in ancient Mesopotamia, the Indus Valley, Egypt, Greece, Rome, the Yucatan peninsula and Amazonia.

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