A Rapid Assessment of Septage Management in Asia: Policies and Practices in India, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Vietnam, 2010.
by USAID and the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology
ECO-Asia prepared the report in collaboration with the Department of Water and Sanitation in Developing Countries at the Swiss Federal Institute for Aquatic Science and Technology, and in consultation with stakeholders from a range of Asian national governments, water and wastewater operators, research agencies, and international development agencies.
The report comprehensively documents the weak state of septage management for onsite sanitation systems, the main form of urban sanitation in many Asian cities. It provides a regional analysis of key challenges and existing good practices related to septage management, and highlights strategies through which governments, water and wastewater operators, and development assistance agencies can promote septage management as a practical near-term solution to the region’s critical sanitation challenges.
The key finding is that most countries neglect septage management, which results in significant urban water, environmental and public health damages. Nevertheless, a number of countries and cities in the region have established effective regulations, treatment facilities and supporting programs that can be replicated across Asia through focused water operator partnerships. USAID supports water operator partnerships through the WaterLinks network.
DIRTY public toilets have gotten the toilet king of Malaysia fuming these days.
Deputy Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Robert Lau Hoi Chew, who got this nickname (toilet king) because of his zest to “flush out” out the thousands of stinking cubicles in the country, vows that their days are numbered.
»When using the public toilet, use it as if you are using your toilet at home. « ROBERT LAU HOI CHEW
And the 66-year-old accountant by training also reminds the business sector that there are lots of money to be made from keeping their toilets clean.
Q: It has been over a decade since your ministry first started this clean toilet campaign in 1997, but dirty smelly public toilets appear to be here to stay. What are the reasons?
A: We (ministry) have done a preliminary post-mortem on the campaign. The people, owners of public premises, enforcement officers from local authorities and users of public toilets, are not committed to the campaign.
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Teaching children how to stay away from germs can be a powerful tool to help prevent some communicable diseases.
ABOUT 30 minutes into the interview with Cheng Chee Fong, director of a language enrichment centre for children, four-year-old Christopher poked his head into the room. Spotting me, a stranger, he veered a little towards us on his way out of the centre’s washroom trying to figure out what was going on.
But his curiosity did not make him forget to practise the proper hygiene habits ingrained into him by his teachers.
Stealing a glance at us, he picked up a tissue from a basket outside the washroom and wiped his hands, still dripping with water from washing, before throwing the tissue in a wastepaper basket and hurrying off to listen to his teacher tell the story of germs next door.
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JOHOR BARU: The school is the best place to teach toilet cleanliness, National Toilet Cleanliness Committee (NTCC) chairman Datuk Robert Lau Hoi Chew said.
“Clean toilets are important to uplift the image of the country,” he said, acknowledging Johor Baru City Council’s (MBJB) efforts for organising a Clean Toilet Campaign that involved primary and secondary schools and food premises here.