Excreta and Wastewater Management
2.6 billion people worldwide are currently living without
adequate access to sanitation. The
development of innovative engineering solutions for collection, transport,
treatment, and resource recovery is essential to fulfill the sanitation needs
of urban areas in low- and middle-income countries.
Sandec’s current research in Excreta and Wastewater
Management addresses three main challenges: I. Optimization of Treatment
Technologies, II. Innovation in Resource Recovery, and III. Methods for
Sustainable Systems Level Implementation.
Faecal Sludge Mangement: Systems Approach for Implementation and Operation was published in June 2014 by IWA.
MDA - Market-driven approach to faecal sludge endproduts - The project aims at developing a methodology to assess the market potential of end products from faecal sludge treatment processes. Field-tests are being carried out in Kampala, Uganda.
SEEK - Sludge to Energy Enterprises in Kampala - A new project that will research the viability of co-processing of faecal sludge and other waste streams to produce fuel pellets for energy production.
FAQ - Faecal Sludge Quantification and Characterisation - A project that aims at developing a new methodology for city-wide faecal sludge quantification and characterisation. Field-tests are being carried out in Hanoi, Vietnam and Kampala, Uganda.
FaME - Faecal Management Enterprises - Develop resource recovery oriented faecal sludge management solutions through value chain optimization in Sub-Saharan Africa.
RRR - Resource Recovery & Reuse - Identify and scale-up promising business models for safe resource recovery of nutrients, water, and energy from liquid and solid waste, in Africa, Asia and Latin America.
PURR - Partnership for Urban Resource Recovery – Comprehensive Management of Biosolids from Wastewater and Faecal Sludge Treatment - A new research project to evaluate options for the co-treatment and resource recovery of biosolids from wastewater and faecal sludge treatment in five cities in Vietnam.
Collaborative partnership in faecal sludge management in Burkina-Faso - Develop a faecal sludge management scheme, and strengthen staff capacity for the operation and maintenance of the wastewater and faecal sludge infrastructure in Burkina Faso.
DAR - De Déchets à Ressources - From waste to resource - Research on faecal sludge drying beds and faecal sludge enduse in Dakar, Senegal
VUNA - Nutrient harvesting in South Africa - Recover nutrients from urine in small decentralized reactors, develop a dry sanitation system which is affordable for the poor, promote entrepreneurship and reduce pollution of water resources.
STUN - Nutrient Valorization from Urine in Nepal - Examine various possibilities to recover nutrients from source-separated urine in order to produce fertilizer.