New Delhi promised to build hundreds of public toilets for the 2010 Commonwealth Games. Only 9 were built, and none of them are functioning. This short report from Al Jazeera’s Sohail Rahman highlights the fact that over 50 per cent of Indians have no access to clean toilets. It focuses on the lack of facilities in India’s growing cities and in schools. The report features rural development minister Jairam Ramesh, the inevitable Bindeshwar Pathak of Sulabh International and UNICEF India’s Suzanne Coates.
- Re: Is there a difference between faecal sludge and septage? - The issue of confusing terminology - by: lucasdengel August 31, 2014From the quotes, it is clear what the difference is. Septage is the contents of the septic tank (or, maybe only the liquid contents leaving aside the sludge and the scum?); while sludge is the settled solids which are part of the septic tank contents (or septage). It would be useful and helpful to differentiate these terms, particularly in practice, as servi […]
- Re: Brian Arbogast's blog post: Choosing the right post-2015 sanitation indicators - by: joeturner August 31, 2014Chris - in my view it is you that is responsible for showing that your ecosan system kills pathogens not anyone else. I do not apologise for my own blog, I have worked in composting faecal wastes and am convinced that dry systems do not consistently kill pathogens to safe levels due to the lack of oxygen and imprecision of C:N ratios. I do not believe they a […]
- Re: Brian Arbogast's blog post: Choosing the right post-2015 sanitation indicators - by: canaday August 31, 2014Dear Joe, Ecological Sanitation (EcoSan) is not equivalent to composting toilets. It is a much broader concept, very close to that of Sustainable Sanitation. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ecological_sanitation : -- Ecological sanitation (Ecosan) is based on an overall view of material flows as part of an ecologically and economically sustainable wastewater managemen […]
- Re: Sanitation for All - by: christoph August 31, 2014Dear all, seems to be that we are coming back to the issue we discussed quite a lot already (and maybe not enough). How can a treatment for fecal matter be assured? Dear Mwaniki, I did not get your point. I guess Brian Arbogast did not refer to wastewater recycling, I understand he referred to the aspect, that a toilet does not solve the problem where the fe […]
- Re: Sanitation for All - by: mwaniki August 30, 2014I think you have jumped into conclusions without researching the subject matter. DD Mara, S Cairncross, in their “Guidelines for the safe use of wastewater and excreta in agriculture and aquaculture: measures for public health protection” clearly talk of “………. new knowledge indicating that the recycling of wastewater and excreta can now be managed in ways th […]
- Re: Is there a difference between faecal sludge and septage? - The issue of confusing terminology - by: lucasdengel August 31, 2014
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