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TitleDecentralised domestic wastewater and faecal sludge management in Bangladesh
Publication TypeMiscellaneous
Year of Publication2005
AuthorsParkinson, J
Pagination44 p. : 11 fig., 1 tab.
Date Published2005-05-01
PublisherGHK International
Place PublishedLondon, UK
Keywordsbangladesh, case studies, community management, consumer demand, decentralization, financing, institutional aspects, sdiasi, sdiman, sludge, sullage, urban areas

The report describes the initiatives of two NGOs which illustrate examples of decentralised faecal sludge and wastewater management which were designed and implemented with a perspective of pro-poor development. These decentralised approaches are observed to be responsive to local needs and provide greater opportunities for the participation of local communities in local environmental management. The first of these initiatives is managed by the NGO PRISM-Bangladesh. The initiative in Khulna involves the use of wastewater stabilisation ponds, which are used for treatment of wastewater and production of duckweed, which is then used to feed fish. The second initiative introduced by WaterAid in Bangladesh is implemented by DSK, an NGO based in Dhaka. The initiative aims to provide a service for urban communities for desludging of on-site sanitation in low-income communities. With the support from WaterAid, DSK has been piloting a latrine-emptying machine called Vacutug. Both projects demonstrate potential for cost recovery, but both initiatives have required considerable efforts to generate sufficient returns to pay for operational costs and neither demonstrates the ability to pay back these capital investments.

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