The SPLASH Sanitation Programme aims to address urban sanitation challenges at scale in in sub-Saharan Africa by developing solutions that focus on the entire sanitation service delivery chain. The research programme is funded by the Austrian Development Cooperation (ADC), the Department for International Development (DFID), Ministrère des Affaires Étangères et Européenes (MAEE), Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA), Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
Municipal Solid Waste Management Market in the U.S. to cross $25bn by 2024
The U.S. Municipal Solid Waste Management Market is set to grow from its current market value of more than $17 billion to over $25 billion by 2024; as reported in the latest study by Global Market Insights, Inc. Increasing population on account of significant surge in the number of foreign immigrants will stimulate the municipal solid waste management market. According to the EPA from 1960-2016, the region population has surged by over 75% from which more than 40 million are foreign immigrants. California municipal...
World Water Day 22 March, 2018
World Water Day, on 22 March every year, is about focusing attention on the importance of water. This year’s theme, ‘Nature for Water’, explores nature-based solutions (NBS) to the water challenges we face in the 21st century. The campaign is called ‘The answer is in nature’ and raises awareness of NBS. The central message is that NBS, such as planting trees to replenish forests, reconnecting rivers to floodplains, and restoring wetlands, is a sustainable...
Innovative sanitation approaches could address multiple development challenges
Globally, more than 60% of the human population live without safely managed sanitation services or even lack access to basic sanitation facilities. In addition, most of the wastewater produced in the world is discharged without proper treatment. Integrated approaches are needed to address these issues and curb the resulting adverse impacts on public health and the environment, and associated societal economic losses. The United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development provides an important framework...
The sanitation and hygiene targets of the sustainable development goals: scope and challenges
The sanitation target of the Sustainable Development Goals is that everyone should have a ‘safely-managed’ sanitation facility by 2030 and that open defecation be eliminated. The scale of this target is unprecedently large: ∼5.6 billion additional people will require safely-managed sanitation by 2030 (∼1 million per day), and ∼1.3 billion people will need to switch from open to fixed-defecation in a sanitation facility by 2030 (240,000 per day). Safely-managed shared sanitation and container-based sanitation are...
Sustainability-inspired composting latrine design
In support of the Millennium Development Goals to provide improved sanitation to the world, a sustainability-inspired composting latrine design based on work in rural Panama, but also applicable to similar situations, is offered here. The design is based on the three aspects of sustainability namely economic, social, and technical. The new design will allow for improved health for current and future generations. The design is less costly (economic), is based on concepts to improve the likelihood of use based on...