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Event International Short Course in Decentralized Water Supply & Sanitation

Aims: To provide theoretical background and practical expertise in the field of low-cost decentralised water supply and sanitation alternatives specifically suitable for the small towns, peri-urban areas and urban slums, small island communities, tourist resorts etc. 
Objectives : On the conclusion of this course, the participant should:

be familiar with different technologies/methods for small-scale water abstraction, water treatment and sustainable sanitation technologies including nutrient reuse in agriculture.

be able to prepare a basic engineering or concept design for the above mentioned technologies under the given conditions.

be able to facilitate planning, financing, implementation and operation and maintenance of decentralised water supply and sanitation infrastructures based on stakeholder participation and community management. 
The course covers the following subjects:

Introduction: Module objectives and contents (General introduction to water supply and sanitation situations in small town, peri-urban areas and urban slums etc.)
Water Supply Systems: Water sources, supply systems, source selection, water supply service levels, spring catchments and sand dams, wells and pumps, rainwater harvesting, small-scale water treatment methods.
Sanitation Systems: Ecological sanitation (introduction to ecosan, basics of conventional wastewater treatment, relevant treatment technologies, ecosan and agriculture, greywater treatment and reuse, linkages between ecosan and Millennium Development Goals). Faecal Sludge Management, Low-cost Sewerage and Drainage
Management aspects of DWSS: Participatory planning and evaluation of DWSS systems, financing and cost recovery, institutional arrangements and operation and maintenance aspects.

Target group: Mid-career professionals dealing with planning and management aspects of water supply and sanitation infrastructures, working for municipalities, government ministries, water supply agencies or consulting firms.

Contact information S. Sharma, Course Coordinator (email:
Phone: +31 15 215 17 72 ; Fax: +31 15 212 29 21
Event type Training
File link
Geographical coverage Netherlands
Address Delft
Organizer UNESCO-IHE
Target audience International
Period [10/07/2007 - 28/07/2007]
Status Confirmed
Working language(s) ENGLISH