Department Sanitation, Water and Solid Waste for Development

Compendium of Sanitation Systems and Technologies 2nd Edition

This second, revised edition of the Compendium presents a huge range of information on sanitation systems and technologies in one volume. By ordering and structuring tried and tested technologies into once concise document, the reader is provided with a useful planning tool for making more informed decisions.


Part 1 describes different system configurations for a variety of contexts.

Part 2 consists of 57 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.

The Compendium can be downloaded for free.

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Online course (MOOC) around the Compendium

In the MOOC “Planning & Design of Sanitation Systems and Technologies”, the Compendium is reviewed and explained by its main authors. You can register for free