free publication on sanitation systems

compendium-2There’s an upcoming “Compendium of Sanitation Systems and Technologies” aimed at planners, engineers, development experts and indivuals who are dealing with sanitation.

The Compendium is a joint production of Eawag/Sandec and the Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC) and will be available free as downloadable PDF, or be ordered for US$ 30 from Sandec in due time.

“By presenting an extensive array of available options, we hope that this Compendium helps promote people-centred solutions to real sanitation problems by providing information to those who are looking for alternatives to the most common offerings.” (source)

I had a look at a preview edition of this compendium the other day and have to admit it really is a very smart & handy publication for those who would like to get an overview of existing technologies and approaches. It will certainly become very popular as it is devided into two sections:

  • Section 1 describes different system configurations at the macro scale.
  • Section 2 consists of 52 different Technology Information Sheets, which describe the main advantages, disadvantages, applications and the appropriateness of the technologies required to build a comprehensive
    sanitation system. Each Technology Information Sheet is complemented by a descriptive illustration.

Contrary to many other recent publications in the sanitation sector, it doesn’t focus on the political framework issues, but instead provides an ideal overview on existing technical solutions and those to come.

Compendium of Sanitation Systems and Technologies
158 Pages, 52 Technical Drawings, 29,7 x 21 cm.
Eawag/Sandec and WSSCC, 2008
ISBN: 978-3-906484-44-0

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