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The objective of the course is to gain an understanding of all of the required aspects for design and operation of a sustainable faecal sludge management (FSM) system. This course starts with an overview of faecal sludge management system and the related engineering fundamentals and required information for the design and selection of technologies for treatment of faecal sludge. Sanitation solutions are prone to failure if an integrated planning approach that includes stakeholder involvement and the development of appropriate institutional, management and financial arrangements is not implemented. The course therefore dedicates a complete week to presenting the full picture, in addition to technology, that needs to be considered for sustainable solutions. It concludes with a focus on current research and innovations in technologies, to provide an understanding of the most up-to-date options.

Intended Audience

The course is designed for professionals who deals with planning, designing and operating or managing faecal sludge in urban, peri-urban, slum or rural area, in Low income countries and beyond.A solid foundation in physics and chemistry is essential to follow this course; a good understanding of wastewater and its (biological) treatment will strongly support the understanding of the Module.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion, the participant should be able to:

  • have an understanding of treatment, management, and planning aspects related to FSM;
  • place FSM in a total urban water cycle approach;
  • identify suitable treatment options for specific situations and locations;
  • understand the mechanisms and designs of specific treatment technologies;

Communicate important aspects of FSM to managers and decision makers.

Course Program 

The course is sub-divided into five modules with assignments related with the each module. The first week of this course includes an overview of what faecalsludge is, and the importance of an integrated approach to FSM.  It provides an introduction to what is currently lacking, weak links in the service chain, and also presents positive examples of what is working.