SuSanA - Forum Kunena Site Syndication Sun, 23 Apr 2017 23:33:18 +0000 Kunena 1.6 SuSanA - Forum en-gb Wikipedia article on "reuse of excreta" - ongoing improvements - by: muench
I have recently done some work on improving the Wikipedia article on "Reuse of excreta".

Please take a look and tell me what you think:

The editing work was prompted by a new publication from Kim Andersson which I have now included in four places:
Andersson, K., Rosemarin, A., Lamizana, B., Kvarnström, E., McConville, J., Seidu, R., Dickin, S. and Trimmer, C. (2016). Sanitation, Wastewater Management and Sustainability: from Waste Disposal to Resource Recovery. Nairobi and Stockholm: United Nations Environment Programme and Stockholm Environment Institute. ISBN 978-92-807-3488-1

Whenever you publish something important, think about which Wikipedia article might be enriched by adding that publication as a reference. It is easy: Just pull out the key statements from your publication and add them to the article - ensuring that they are phrased in a way that can be understood by lay persons (think of your mother, father, parents-in-law or adult children!). Or look for existing statements in the article that could benefit by an additional citation by adding your publication as a reference.

This is a great way of disseminating your publications further, don't you think?

Further changes I made to the article:
  • I ried to make it clearer that this is about use of organic matter and energy contained in excreta, NOT about the water content (which is dealt with in the Wikipedia article on "reclaimed water":
  • I moved the other, non-fertiliser uses towards the end of the article to make it clear that most of the article is about fertiliser-type uses.

As always, comments and further improvements are welcome!

Wikipedia Fri, 21 Apr 2017 16:10:31 +0000
Re: Cranfield Team Wikipedia Editing Every Wednesday - by: JulyG
The Cranfield team is glad to announce that 13 articles have been translated into French.
Part of them are completly translated, others have only the leads translated, which encourage people to further edit them later. We also have worked on improving some articles where the LEAD where not developped.
Please see below the link of the articles

---- Articles recently translated to French from English article ----
- Changement de Comportement (Behavior Change)
- Gestion des boues fécales (Feacal Sludge Management)
- Défécation à l'air libre (Open defecation)
- Toilettes sèches à séparation d'urine (Urine-diverting dry toilet)
- Journée mondiale des toilettes(World Toilet Day)

---- French Articles created with only LEAD part translated from English version ----
- EcoSan (Ecological Sanitation)
- Assainissement Durable (Sustainable Sanitation)
- Engrais Organique (Organic Fertilizer)
- Journée Mondiale de l'hygiène menstruelle (Menstrual Hygiene Day)
- Journée Mondiale du lavage des mains (Global Handwashing Day)

---- French articles edited & improved ----
- Eau, Assainissement et Hygiène / EAH (WASH)
- Helminthiase (Helminthiasis)
- Assainissement (Sanitation)

Next week is our last Wednesday of Wikipedia edition (in both French and English) as part of our contract with SuSanA but hopefully not the last ones! We are hoping you could improve the articles as well, each contributions worth it and is useful!
Meet us on the Adobe Connect room next Wednesday if you are available even for a short time!

All the best,
The Cranfield Team]]>
Wikipedia Wed, 19 Apr 2017 16:03:18 +0000
Re: Vermifilters / vermicomposting digesters on Wikipedia - by: goeco ]]> Wikipedia Tue, 18 Apr 2017 02:52:57 +0000 Re: Vermifilters / vermicomposting digesters on Wikipedia - by: muench
Dean has done lots more work on the Wikipedia article on vermifilters since he first posted about it here in December 2016. Please do take another look if everything is clearer now:

He's also tried to make it clearer what makes this different to a trickling filter.
Vermifilters are a type of wastewater treatment biofilter or trickling filter but with the addition of earthworms to improve treatment efficiency.[3]

He's also separated more clearly the two types of vermifilters for primary treatment and for secondary treatment.

I invite everyone to take a look at the article, even if you are not an expert on this topic - we want to make sure it's fairly clear also for lay persons! So please do take a look and let us know what still needs to be improved.

You can see here on the talk page how Dean and I (and Diane a little bit as well) discussed what could be done to improve it:
We didn't always agree but that's normal and good! (yes, it can cause frustrations for the first main author, sorry Dean , but I think the end result is worth it)

It is my strong belief that Wikipedia articles benefit from having more than a couple of editors. The more well-meaning editors the better so please do help if you have any interest in this topic. More about vermifilters is in this sub-category of the forum:

Thanks Dean for sharing your knowledge and experience with your forum posts and with this Wikipedia article - much appreciated! (I wish other technology developers or implementers were the same as you in terms of "sharing is caring")

Wikipedia Mon, 17 Apr 2017 20:46:28 +0000
Re: New Wikipedia article on Container-based Sanitation - by: ablingan I do not have any idea.
I will let you know if anything comes up related to CBS.]]>
Wikipedia Thu, 13 Apr 2017 05:22:24 +0000
Re: New Wikipedia article on Container-based Sanitation - by: JKMakowka kojohoward wrote:

You said
"Are there any examples that are included in larger scale collection of organic waste that is then transported to a centralized composting plant? At least theoretically that would probably make it more economic."
Could you please explain what you mean?

What I mean is that container based sanitation looks at the sanitation problem not as a on-site or a plumbing issue, but as a solid organic waste issue (which some special health safety concerns). So maybe you have come across some examples where it was tried to include container collection into municipal solid organic waste collection services?]]>
Wikipedia Thu, 13 Apr 2017 04:50:14 +0000
Re: New Wikipedia article on self-supply in water and sanitation - by: MatthiasS

Several people worked on it, and I would like to thank people from the SuSanA network who contributed to the article – it was very positive to see the similarities of Self-supply approaches in water and sanitation. Everyone involved was happy with how Wikipedia facilitates collaboration across organization but also across the rather separated silos of water and sanitation.

I will keep an eye on the article and also encourage others to keep improving it - an article on Wikipedia is never finished...

Best regards,
Wikipedia Wed, 12 Apr 2017 14:10:47 +0000
Re: New Wikipedia article on Container-based Sanitation - by: kojohoward Thanks for the feedback.

I will work on your suggestions to update existing models and describe the activities along the sanitation chain from containment to disposal and reuse.

Could you please recommend any sources where I could get information to add to the article.

Wikipedia Wed, 12 Apr 2017 10:04:36 +0000
Re: New Wikipedia article on Container-based Sanitation - by: kojohoward Thanks for the feedback and the information on additional toilet designs.

I will work on linking the terms and jargons for clarity.

You said
"Are there any examples that are included in larger scale collection of organic waste that is then transported to a centralized composting plant? At least theoretically that would probably make it more economic."
Could you please explain what you mean

Thanks Kojo]]>
Wikipedia Wed, 12 Apr 2017 10:01:42 +0000
Re: New Wikipedia article on Container-based Sanitation - by: ablingan
Good start and please update the existing models of various types of Container-based sanitation systems around the world and also describe about the collection, transportation and disposal/reuse.

Abraham Lingan
Wikipedia Wed, 12 Apr 2017 06:19:30 +0000
Re: Vacuum truck, vacuum tanker - what is it? Simple definition for lay people reading on Wikipedia? - by: muench
Thanks for your inputs to the Wikipedia article on vacuum trucks!
Christoph, it's OK to modify the content even if you don't have a reference at hand for each statement. I think it's OK for such practical topics like vacuum tanks (it would not be OK for health related content as Wikipedia is stricter there). If needed, one can always add the {{citation needed}} tag, too.

Anyway, so I have changed the lead section as per your suggestion, it is now:

A vacuum truck or vacuum tanker is a type of tank truck that has a pump and a tank, designed to pneumatically suck liquids, sludges (such as fecal sludge), slurries or sand/water mixtures without the contact of any mechanical equipment. They are used to transport sanitary waste (human excreta mixed with water, e.g. from septic tanks) as well as for some industrial liquids or slurries. They can be equipped with a high pressure pump if they are used to clean out sewers from sand.
Vacuum truck are used to transport the collected material to a treatment or disposal site, for example a sewage treatment plant.

The other things that you mentioned have also been changed, partly by Kris, partly by me. However, I got a bit lost in the part about the typical maximum lift. Could you please take another look (also addressing the question that Kris asked in his post before this one?).

If it's easier then just go ahead and make the edits in the Wikipedia article (or explain to me what needs to be changed).

Thanks a lot! I am learning a lot about vacuum tanks by trying to clarify these things about lift and suction hose length etc.!

Wikipedia Tue, 11 Apr 2017 22:58:40 +0000
Re: New Wikipedia article on Container-based Sanitation - by: JKMakowka
Are there any examples that are included in larger scale collection of organic waste that is then transported to a centralized composting plant? At least theoretically that would probably make it more economic.

Additional container based toilet designs could also be shown and explained. For example this:]]>
Wikipedia Tue, 11 Apr 2017 21:02:17 +0000
New Wikipedia article on Container-based Sanitation - by: kojohoward
A new article on Container-based sanitation has been created in Wikipedia by myself and Elisabeth Muench with assistance from other Cranfield University team members. I am part of a team of 4 students from Cranfield University working with SuSanA in support of a Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation sponsored project towards continued growth and development of SuSanA’s online knowledge-management and collaboration services.

This article was created with information from journal articles and reports in response to the growing discussions and need for alternative sustainable sanitation systems .

We wish to invite everyone to contribute to improve on the article.
Please find the article on Container-based sanitation in the link below

We would like to remind you that a team of students from Cranfield University would be available in an Adobe chat room on Wednesdays from about 10:00 to 18:00 GMT to assist you in editing. Please join us here (

Wikipedia Tue, 11 Apr 2017 16:19:44 +0000
Re: Working Group 11 (groundwater) members: Wikipedia edit-a-thon on 19-21 March - example outcome: much improved groundwater pollution article - by: mmadrid
Certainly, the Groundwater Pollution article has been improved a bit in terms of content. However, a few issues regarding the reference format may still remain. I’m also checking a few more pictures that can be added to the article. And I would love help develop the content for a new article on “Groundwater Protection” and continue with the version in Spanish; but I find Wikipedia editing itself a bit tricky. Any experienced Wikipedia editor out there in WG11?

Wikipedia Sun, 09 Apr 2017 21:59:44 +0000
Cranfield Team Wikipedia Editing Every Wednesday - by: JulyG
We have agreed with SuSanA team that our team (of 4 students of Cranfield) will be working on editing Wikipedia articles every Wednesday (about 10:00 am to 6:00 pm GMT, London time)! Please feel free to join us on the adobe chat room every Wednesday ! We will discuss about our work and support you with any issue about Wikipédia editing!

As a result of yesterday session, 3 articles have been created, 2 in French and 1 in English.

1. World Toilet Day translated in French

2. Urine-Diverting Dry Toilets (UDDT) translated in French

3. Container-based sanitation English article created in English

Also we have been editing both Toilets and Waste water articles

We kindly invite you to contribute to improve those fresh new articles and others sanitation-related articles.

Have a nice day!

The Cranfield Team]]>
Wikipedia Thu, 30 Mar 2017 14:53:25 +0000