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TitleSludge emptying, transport and treatment : can vacutug solve the downstream sanitation problems of Dhaka?
Publication TypeMiscellaneous
Year of Publication2008
AuthorsRashid, HU
Pagination8 p.; 4 fig.
Date Published2008-02-11
Place PublishedS.l.
Keywordsaccess to sanitation, bangladesh dhaka, demography, population increase, sludge management, slum upgrading, vacuum trucks

With increasing rapid growth, Dhaka city may reach up to 25 million people by 2025. The slum population is growing massively as do sanitation problems. A major problem is one of sanitation facilities, especially for the urban poor but a further and equally pressing one is that of the emptying, transport and treatment of faecal sludge from latrines. A mobile machine to do this, known as Vacutug, was introduced by DSK in 2000 and a second, larger, machine followed in 2001. In this paper, the operational, financial and management issues surrounding Vacutug are introduced. Its success is highlighted and key questions posed for its future use and its possible contribution to one of Dhaka’s most urgent questions. [authors abstract]

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