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Living without sanitary sewers in Latin America : the business of collecting fecal sludge in four Latin American cities

This report spotlights the major challenges and the opportunities that lie ahead in fecal sludge management and summarizes the findings from four case studies that describe the current and potential market for sludge removal, collection, and disposal in peri-urban areas. These areas,
inhabited by a variety of ethnic, religious, and cultural groups, typically struggle with high population density, insufficient land use planning, high citizen insecurity, and low coverage with basic services. The report demonstrates how technical, financial, environmental, social, regulatory, political, and institutional factors interact to create supply and demand in four markets where coverage with sanitary sewerage services is below the regional average, namely: Santa Cruz (Bolivia), Guatemala City (Guatemala), Tegucigalpa (Honduras), and Managua (Nicaragua). Even though households in the four areas studied have onsite sanitation systems (latrines and toilets), fecal sludge and excreta often drain into the streets, and there is no control or treatment of the sludge, posing a risk for public health and the environment. [authors abstract]

TitleLiving without sanitary sewers in Latin America : the business of collecting fecal sludge in four Latin American cities
Publication TypeMiscellaneous
Year of Publication2012
AuthorsF. Ortuste, R
Secondary TitleTechnical paper / WSP
Pagination58 p.; ill.; tab.; fig.; boxes
Date Published2012-03-01
PublisherUNDP-World Bank Water and Sanitation Program
Place PublishedLima, Peru
Keywordsbolivia santa cruz de la sierra, case studies, excreta collection, faecal sludge management [FSM], guatemala guatemala city, honduras tegucigalpa, latin america, nicaragua managua
Abstract

This report spotlights the major challenges and the opportunities that lie ahead in fecal sludge management and summarizes the findings from four case studies that describe the current and potential market for sludge removal, collection, and disposal in peri-urban areas. These areas,
inhabited by a variety of ethnic, religious, and cultural groups, typically struggle with high population density, insufficient land use planning, high citizen insecurity, and low coverage with basic services. The report demonstrates how technical, financial, environmental, social, regulatory, political, and institutional factors interact to create supply and demand in four markets where coverage with sanitary sewerage services is below the regional average, namely: Santa Cruz (Bolivia), Guatemala City (Guatemala), Tegucigalpa (Honduras), and Managua (Nicaragua). Even though households in the four areas studied have onsite sanitation systems (latrines and toilets), fecal sludge and excreta often drain into the streets, and there is no control or treatment of the sludge, posing a risk for public health and the environment. [authors abstract]

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