WaterAid India was at the 4th International Faecal Sludge Management Conference in Chennai from February 20-22. The Conference was attended by around 1000 delegates from across the world working on faecal sludge management and water, sanitation and hygiene issues.
WaterAid India set up a stall at the conference and disseminated its work on enabling access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene.
WaterAid and its alliance members across various countries also held a side event on Faecal Sludge Management (FSM) and our learnings so far. The three hours intense discussion touched on topics including science of faecal sludge management, its political economy, and the feasibility of tools like shit flow diagrams among others.
Worldwide, 2.7 billion people rely on onsite sanitation. Yet, there is still typically no management system in place to deal with the resulting faecal sludge (e.g. septage and pit latrine sludge). The result is that the waste often ends up being dumped directly into the urban environment, with significant health and environmental implications. Creating faecal sludge management (FSM) infrastructure and public services that work for everyone, and keep faecal sludge out of the environment is a major challenge for achieving universal sanitation access.