The research group Management of Excreta, Wastewater, and Sludge (MEWS) addresses solutions for city-wide inclusive sanitation (CWIS) through applied and fundamental research, design and optimization of treatment technologies, development of analytical and monitoring methods, and training and reference materials. The goal of city-wide inclusive sanitation is equitable, safe, and sustainable sanitation for everyone. The development of management solutions for the entire service chain are essential to fulfill the sanitation needs of urban areas, including containment, collection, transport, treatment, and resource recovery, and will vary depending on the associated infrastructure. Access to safely managed sanitation can be achieved through the implementation of a range of appropriate technologies tailored to the realities of rapidly growing cities, with integrated combinations of sewered and non-sewered, off-grid, and decentralised and centralised technologies. One third of the world’s population currently relies on non-sewered sanitation, predominantly in low- and middle-income countries, with only a fraction safely managed. There is an urgent need to find immediate solutions to bridge this gap, while in parallel researching more globally relevant and sustainable solutions for the future.
To address these gaps, our research has a focus on development of innovative but practical and reliable solutions, along with the resources that will allow practitioners to integrate management solutions into city-wide inclusive sanitation.