Faecal sludge management gets world attention
Meet on in Hanoi to identify new waste handling and treatment technologies and sustainable business models
Swachh Bharat Mission misses out on sludge management
Official representing India at third international faecal sludge management conference fails to provide satisfactory answer
Focus on sewerage system won’t clean up cities and rivers, says expert
Two-thirds people in cities are not even connected to sewerage and use onsite sanitation systems or defecate in the open
How to reinvent the sanitation wheel
The city “shit-flow” diagram shows that the situation is grim as all cities either do not treat or safely dispose the bulk of the …
Slums in Kenya turning human excreta into energy, fertiliser
Only 30 per cent of people in Kenya have access to safe sanitation and more than six million people defecate in the open
Roadblocks for bio-toilets in India
Bio-toilets are gaining ground. But emerging challenges could defeat the purpose
Brazil’s sewage woes reflect the growing global water quality crisis
Wastewater treatment systems are hamstrung by outdated tests that don't identify a growing array of pathogens
Minister claims Ganga will be 70-80% cleaner by March 2019, but is it realistic?
So far, the government has focussed largely on curbing flow of untreated sewage into the river, but not on managing faecal sludge
Manual scavenging: A stinking legacy of suffocation and stigma
Every year, hundreds of manual scavengers die, asphyxiated by poisonous gases
Kumbh Mela 2019: What’s happening to all the waste?
Estimated amount of fecal matter produced during the Kumbh Mela is 18 times of what the district produces daily; how this waste will be treated …
Can white faecal pellets take over as the future fertiliser in global south?
The global south is facing a major problem in managing faecal sludge, and such processes can prove to be very safe and useful
Pollution 'time bomb' ticking for Ganga despite ODF
India is on the verge of being declared open-defecation free but the next big challenge is to safely dispose millions of tonnes of shit in our …
After India becomes ODF, Nigeria faces a mounting challenge
The African nation is set to replace India with the largest number of open defecators
What happens to our shit once we are done with it?
SFD Week: From treatment technologies to the genetics of faecal sludge
All that crap: How can faecal sludge be reused
If more people in India’s rural areas are building septic tanks, there must be effective ways of managing faecal sludge. Here are some ways …
Temple and open defecation: Shifting narratives of sacred and profane
How did people of Karnataka’s Berambadi village strategically redefine the nature of open defecation spaces?
Human excreta can make good fertiliser, but prejudice and laws stand in way
There is a need for tests and experiments to validate the efficacy of human excreta derived fertilisers, suggests a research by UK scientists
Toilet-linked biogas plants tackle faecal sludge problem in Gujarat’s villages
The system not only prevented open defecation, addressed septage issue, but also gave easy access to clean and cheap fuel for cooking needs
SBM 2.0 focussed on ODF sustainability: Govt
Swachh Bharat Mission has been one of the key missions of Narendra Modi-led government since its launch in 2014. It aims to make India Open …
Swachh Bharat Mission: ‘Inducing behavioural change was a task’
Parameswaran Iyer, secretary, Department of Drinking water and Sanitation, spoke to Down To Earth on how intensive information-education-…
Swachh Bharat Mission: Women take the lead in Himachal Pradesh
The state, with almost 60% of panchayats headed by women, tackled open defection by resolving the water crisis. It was declared open-defecation …
India lags in drinking water, sanitation and hygiene facilities: Study
The Harvard University study is based on the performance of India’s 543 parliamentary constituencies on — unsafe disposal of child …
ODF status will mean nothing without faecal sludge & septage management
With faecal sludge treatment still in nascent stage in India, toilets will add to the load of untreated sewage being disposed in water bodies
Is the Ganga basin drowning in shit?
A slew of loopholes means that the Ganga and its tributaries will continue to receive wastewater and faecal sludge
Can we declare ourselves ODF, without managing the collected excreta?
A lowdown on how to clean India and keep it that way