Urban and peri-urban areas in developing countries are
among the worst polluted and disease ridden habitats of the world. Much of
this pollution is caused by inadequate sanitation services. As cities expand
and populations increase, the situation will grow worse and the need for safe,
sustainable and affordable sanitation systems will be even more critical.
Existing approaches to sanitation are neither viable nor affordable to the
vast majority of people.
This book is about seeking new solutions in the form of "ecological
sanitation". The book discusses what is currently known about ecological
sanitation systems, their strengths and weaknesses. It gives advice on how to
make such systems work with regard to the selection, design and management of
devices as well as about the promotion and support aspects so necessary to
Ecological Sanitation is intended for all who share the will to explore new
ways of tackling urban sanitation systems.