Planning & Design of Sanitation Systems and Technologies

Learn more about how to plan for urban sanitation at city and local/community levels, different sanitation system and technology configurations and examples of successful and failed urban sanitation systems in low- and middle-income countries.

About The Course

Sanitation is one of the most off-track MDGs and progress in urban sanitation is proving especially difficult to achieve. The traditional response for improving urban sanitation is typically based on a master planning approach which has widely failed to meet the needs of low-income communities living in slums, who cannot afford to pay the expected charges for service improvements.

In this course you will learn how to plan for affordable and context-specific sanitation solutions using some state-of-the-art sector planning tools and frameworks such as Sanitation 21, Community-Led Urban Environmental Sanitation (CLUES) and the Sanitation Systems Approach. By using exercises and concrete examples, participants will learn how to choose appropriate sanitation systems and technologies for a variety of urban contexts.

It is the 2nd MOOC of the series on "WASH in developing countries", which is an initiative of Sandec/Eawag and EPFL. Sandec/Eawag develops and offers the series as WHO Collaborating Centre. The dissemination is supported by UNESCO. The first MOOC of the series is entitled "Introduction to Household Water Treatment and Safe Storage".

Version française: Le cours en bref - Planification & design des systèmes et technologies d’Assainissement

Frequently Asked Questions

Will I get a Statement of Accomplishment after completing this class?
Yes. Students who successfully complete the class will receive a Statement of Accomplishment signed by the instructor. It is the second course of the series “WASH in developing countries”. Students who successfully complete all courses of the series will receive an additional Statement of Accomplishment.

What resources will I need for this class?
For this course, all you need is an internet connection, an interest and some background knowledge in urban sanitation, and the time to read and discuss.

What is the format of the class?
Lectures, videos, exercises, on-line discussion

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Recommended Background

A general background in environmental or civil engineering, urban planning or geography is suggested to fully benefit from this course.