SuSanA - Forum Kunena Site Syndication http://forum.susana.org/ Tue, 09 Feb 2016 15:46:40 +0000 Kunena 1.6 http://forum.susana.org/components/com_kunena/template/default/images/icons/rss.png SuSanA - Forum http://forum.susana.org/ en-gb Re: I have two possible designs which could elimitate the issue of trash accumulation in pit latrines (question from Malawi) - by: fcharlesc http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/99-faecal-sludge-transport-including-emptying-of-pits-and-septic-tanks/16871-i-have-two-possible-designs-which-could-elimitate-the-issue-of-trash-accumulation-in-pit-latrines-question-from-malawi#16916 http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/99-faecal-sludge-transport-including-emptying-of-pits-and-septic-tanks/16871-i-have-two-possible-designs-which-could-elimitate-the-issue-of-trash-accumulation-in-pit-latrines-question-from-malawi#16916
Thanks for the update. I have gone through the attached thread.

My designed is aimed at eliminating the entry of trash into the pit latrines by placing a PVC mesh between the drop hole and the sludge pit. I hope the design can work best with the traditional pit latrine. My target is peri-urban settings where there is usually limited access to water.

For details, see a design attached

Charles Chirwa]]>
Faecal sludge transport (including emptying of pits and septic tanks) Tue, 09 Feb 2016 09:26:43 +0000
Re: Solicitation for Manual Pump Testing Partners - by: jvaneynde http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/99-faecal-sludge-transport-including-emptying-of-pits-and-septic-tanks/16618-solicitation-for-manual-pump-testing-partners#16908 http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/99-faecal-sludge-transport-including-emptying-of-pits-and-septic-tanks/16618-solicitation-for-manual-pump-testing-partners#16908
I just want to notify those who plan to submit a proposal to be a testing partner that we will accept relevant web links and videos as part of proposals. I look forward to receiving your proposal on or before February 20, 2016.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Best,
Jenelle Van Eynde
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Faecal sludge transport (including emptying of pits and septic tanks) Tue, 09 Feb 2016 01:51:18 +0000
Re: I have two possible designs which could elimitate the issue of trash accumulation in pit latrines (question from Malawi) - by: muench http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/99-faecal-sludge-transport-including-emptying-of-pits-and-septic-tanks/16871-i-have-two-possible-designs-which-could-elimitate-the-issue-of-trash-accumulation-in-pit-latrines-question-from-malawi#16907 http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/99-faecal-sludge-transport-including-emptying-of-pits-and-septic-tanks/16871-i-have-two-possible-designs-which-could-elimitate-the-issue-of-trash-accumulation-in-pit-latrines-question-from-malawi#16907
Welcome to the forum! That's a very good idea to first see what others have already come up with to solve the issue of trash accumulation in pit latrines (to make pit emptying easier).

I have moved your thread into this sub-category here and also modified the title of the thread to make it more self-explanatory. If you look around in this sub-category, you will see a few other threads where people have talked about this issue in the past (some people call it "fishing for trash"), see e.g. here:

forum.susana.org/forum/categories/99-fae...pit-latrines-at-wedc

forum.susana.org/forum/categories/99-fae...sa-now-field-testing

forum.susana.org/forum/categories/99-fae...-example-from-malawi

forum.susana.org/forum/categories/99-fae...ilar-tanks-new-video

If any of those threads are interesting for you, you could also ask people more about their work in those threads.

Or if your idea is quite different, please share it.

I think in general there are always two aspects to consider:
  1. How can we stop people from putting trash into their pit latrines in the first place (two options: offer alternative solid waste disposal options; or move to pour flush latrine - this seems to be a route taken in South Africa...)
  2. If the trash is already in the pit, then how can it be taken out, either together with the rest of the fecal sludge (i.e. pumped) or separately, i.e. "fished out" (depends on the size of the trash, I guess).

Regards,
Elisabeth]]>
Faecal sludge transport (including emptying of pits and septic tanks) Tue, 09 Feb 2016 00:25:38 +0000
I have two possible designs which could elimitate the issue of trash accumulation in pit latrines (question from Malawi) - by: fcharlesc http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/99-faecal-sludge-transport-including-emptying-of-pits-and-septic-tanks/16871-i-have-two-possible-designs-which-could-elimitate-the-issue-of-trash-accumulation-in-pit-latrines-question-from-malawi#16871 http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/99-faecal-sludge-transport-including-emptying-of-pits-and-septic-tanks/16871-i-have-two-possible-designs-which-could-elimitate-the-issue-of-trash-accumulation-in-pit-latrines-question-from-malawi#16871
I am currently working on a project relating to feacal sludge charactristics. In the course of my research, the issue of trash (non-degradable materials) remains the major challenge. From the same research work, I am thinking of a better design which can help eliminate the issue. Currently, I have two possible designs which am hoping can help elimitate the issue of trash accumulation in pit-latrines.

To avoid pledgerism, I first want to find out from group members if there is anyone working on the same. I am ready to share the designs after hearing from the group.

Charles Chirwa
Mzuzu University, Malawi.]]>
Faecal sludge transport (including emptying of pits and septic tanks) Fri, 05 Feb 2016 17:17:11 +0000
Re: Solicitation for Manual Pump Testing Partners - by: simbeye http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/99-faecal-sludge-transport-including-emptying-of-pits-and-septic-tanks/16618-solicitation-for-manual-pump-testing-partners#16788 http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/99-faecal-sludge-transport-including-emptying-of-pits-and-septic-tanks/16618-solicitation-for-manual-pump-testing-partners#16788
Thanks for your answers to my questions.

Cheers

Woody]]>
Faecal sludge transport (including emptying of pits and septic tanks) Sun, 31 Jan 2016 06:03:37 +0000
Re: Solicitation for Manual Pump Testing Partners - by: awhitesell http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/99-faecal-sludge-transport-including-emptying-of-pits-and-septic-tanks/16618-solicitation-for-manual-pump-testing-partners#16751 http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/99-faecal-sludge-transport-including-emptying-of-pits-and-septic-tanks/16618-solicitation-for-manual-pump-testing-partners#16751
Great questions. While I've run the pump alone, it really needs two operators. One pumps the handle while the other holds and directs the stinger (intake). In cases where the stinger can just be allowed to dangle in the tank, one operator can work.

I think we will be sending two pumps to the testing partners. Maybe three but definitely 2 at a minimum. Plus, we will be sending spare parts.

Once the testing is done, the testing partners will be able to keep the pump unless there is a failure mode we want to look at in greater detail. In that case, we would want the pump, or failed part back. If only a part needs to be returned to us, we would send a replacement part or have the partner fabricate a replacement. Note that most parts of the pumps are designed so they can be easily fabricated in the target market.

Cheers,

Andrew]]>
Faecal sludge transport (including emptying of pits and septic tanks) Thu, 28 Jan 2016 17:08:27 +0000
Re: Solicitation for Manual Pump Testing Partners - by: simbeye http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/99-faecal-sludge-transport-including-emptying-of-pits-and-septic-tanks/16618-solicitation-for-manual-pump-testing-partners#16748 http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/99-faecal-sludge-transport-including-emptying-of-pits-and-septic-tanks/16618-solicitation-for-manual-pump-testing-partners#16748
I have a few questions:

1. How many people are required to operate the manual pump?

2.How many pumps will you send to a Testing Partner?

3.Will you want the pumps to be sent back to you after the testing period?

Best Regards

Woody]]>
Faecal sludge transport (including emptying of pits and septic tanks) Thu, 28 Jan 2016 16:16:18 +0000
Re: Solicitation for Manual Pump Testing Partners - by: awhitesell http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/99-faecal-sludge-transport-including-emptying-of-pits-and-septic-tanks/16618-solicitation-for-manual-pump-testing-partners#16649 http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/99-faecal-sludge-transport-including-emptying-of-pits-and-septic-tanks/16618-solicitation-for-manual-pump-testing-partners#16649
Cheers,

Andrew]]>
Faecal sludge transport (including emptying of pits and septic tanks) Wed, 20 Jan 2016 20:46:44 +0000
Re: Solicitation for Manual Pump Testing Partners - by: jvaneynde http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/99-faecal-sludge-transport-including-emptying-of-pits-and-septic-tanks/16618-solicitation-for-manual-pump-testing-partners#16648 http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/99-faecal-sludge-transport-including-emptying-of-pits-and-septic-tanks/16618-solicitation-for-manual-pump-testing-partners#16648
We've received questions about how the manual pump will reach the chosen partners. Beaumont will have the pump delivered, and will handle the cost of the delivery.

If there are other questions, please do not hesitate to either post on this forum or email us directly ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ).

Best,
Jenelle]]>
Faecal sludge transport (including emptying of pits and septic tanks) Wed, 20 Jan 2016 19:40:00 +0000
Re: Solicitation for Manual Pump Testing Partners - by: awhitesell http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/99-faecal-sludge-transport-including-emptying-of-pits-and-septic-tanks/16618-solicitation-for-manual-pump-testing-partners#16637 http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/99-faecal-sludge-transport-including-emptying-of-pits-and-septic-tanks/16618-solicitation-for-manual-pump-testing-partners#16637
Here is an illustration of 2nd generation prototype of the pump. I'll post an actual picture of the final prototype in the next few weeks and a video as well.

Cheers,

Andrew]]>
Faecal sludge transport (including emptying of pits and septic tanks) Wed, 20 Jan 2016 09:28:34 +0000
Re: Solicitation for Manual Pump Testing Partners - by: goeco http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/99-faecal-sludge-transport-including-emptying-of-pits-and-septic-tanks/16618-solicitation-for-manual-pump-testing-partners#16630 http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/99-faecal-sludge-transport-including-emptying-of-pits-and-septic-tanks/16618-solicitation-for-manual-pump-testing-partners#16630


cheers
Dean]]>
Faecal sludge transport (including emptying of pits and septic tanks) Wed, 20 Jan 2016 01:10:42 +0000
Solicitation for Manual Pump Testing Partners - by: awhitesell http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/99-faecal-sludge-transport-including-emptying-of-pits-and-septic-tanks/16618-solicitation-for-manual-pump-testing-partners#16618 http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/99-faecal-sludge-transport-including-emptying-of-pits-and-septic-tanks/16618-solicitation-for-manual-pump-testing-partners#16618
Beaumont is currently looking for organizations interested in testing the Beaumont Manual Pump developed with support from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The testing is expected to begin in June and last approximately six months.

The field testing is intended to identify the strengths and weaknesses of the manual pump prior to entering volume production. With that in mind, we are looking for partners that can retain appropriate laborers to use the pump in day-to-day operations, monitor their use of the pump, and provide regular detailed feedback to Beaumont during the course of the testing.

The operators of the pump should currently work as manual pit/tank emptiers and preferably be an organization that your organization has a relationship with. We will be able to offer a daily stipend for their use of the pump. While we do not expect the pump to decrease their efficiency, we will also offset any actual loss of revenue, if any, as a result of using the pump. The operators will be expected to:
  • Use the pump with as many appropriate pits/tanks as possible.
  • Treat the pump as they would their own equipment. We do not want it to be treated as if it were a piece of valuable lab equipment or handled particularly carefully.
  • Maintain the pump as recommended in the owner manual so that the pump does not experience unnecessary damage due to neglect.
  • The user, or your organization, must be able to store the pump in a secure location so that it is not “lost”, which would delay the testing
  • The user will need to report daily how much the pump was used, what the conditions were, and identify any issues, strengths, and weakness.
  • The user, or a representative of your organization, will need to record the following information about the use of the pump at each location (subject to change):
  • Location (urban, rural, street width, etc.)
  • Vault Type (septic tank, latrine pit, etc.)
  • Sludge Type (liquid, solids, mixture)
  • Pump set-up and take-down time
  • Pumping time
  • Volume pumped
  • Number of people needed to run the pump
  • If the pump breaks or has difficulty, what is it that breaks, what was being pumped or what were the circumstances (i.e. pumping solids or the pump was dropped when taking it off the truck)
  • What features work well, what features could be improved upon (suggestions welcome)?
  • Household size feeding the vault contents

The user should also be able to provide comments about the pump that will allow Beaumont to better meet the needs of the users.

Your organization will be expected to do the following:
  • Select an appropriate firm to use the pump
  • Assist in training the users in the use and maintenance of the pump
  • Monitor the use and maintenance of the pump
  • Process the reports provided by the user, or monitor the use of the pump on a daily basis and provide weekly reports to Beaumont, including written descriptions and photographs.
  • Assist in the sourcing of components and making repairs to the pump, if necessary

If your organization is interested in being considered as a testing partner, please provide a proposal for the work that includes a brief description of your organization and your selected emptying service, and a quote for the work. The proposal should include:
  • Location and description of the community where the emptying will be performed
  • Rates and fees associated with the service provider
  • Rates and fees associated with your management of the testing
  • Issues that may arise if the pump is imported to you and cost associated with tariffs
  • A description of the pits/tanks and sludge properties in the region
  • Your internal and external capabilities for performing maintenance and making repairs (tools, metal working, etc.)
  • Additional information that demonstrates why you would make a good testing partner.

If you have any questions, please email Jenelle Van Eynde ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ). Proposals need to be submitted by February 20, 2016.

Cheers,

Andrew]]>
Faecal sludge transport (including emptying of pits and septic tanks) Tue, 19 Jan 2016 12:57:28 +0000
Re: Solutions for pit desludging and sludge management in low income urban settlements in Malawi (Mzuzu University) - and policy issues - by: rochelleholm http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/99-faecal-sludge-transport-including-emptying-of-pits-and-septic-tanks/6138-solutions-for-pit-desludging-and-sludge-management-in-low-income-urban-settlements-in-malawi-mzuzu-university-and-policy-issues?limit=12&start=12#16492 http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/99-faecal-sludge-transport-including-emptying-of-pits-and-septic-tanks/6138-solutions-for-pit-desludging-and-sludge-management-in-low-income-urban-settlements-in-malawi-mzuzu-university-and-policy-issues?limit=12&start=12#16492
The Centre is particularity well suited for self-funded graduate students or experienced researchers looking for a site to perform field testing on local pit latrines over several weeks to months.

The Centre has a sludge pump and pressure washer, auger unit, gulper, as well as locally developed technologies on hand for pit emptying. We have faculty, staff, and students experienced in FSM, and an in-house health and safety plan that guides our work. We are also currently working to build capacity for FS sample analysis in-house in 2016.

Please note the attached overview for more information, and hope you will consider our offer of partnership within FSM projects in 2016.



Rochelle]]>
Faecal sludge transport (including emptying of pits and septic tanks) Mon, 11 Jan 2016 10:11:38 +0000
Re: Solutions for pit desludging and sludge management in low income urban settlements in Malawi (Mzuzu University) - and policy issues - by: AParker http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/99-faecal-sludge-transport-including-emptying-of-pits-and-septic-tanks/6138-solutions-for-pit-desludging-and-sludge-management-in-low-income-urban-settlements-in-malawi-mzuzu-university-and-policy-issues?limit=12&start=12#16260 http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/99-faecal-sludge-transport-including-emptying-of-pits-and-septic-tanks/6138-solutions-for-pit-desludging-and-sludge-management-in-low-income-urban-settlements-in-malawi-mzuzu-university-and-policy-issues?limit=12&start=12#16260 Faecal sludge transport (including emptying of pits and septic tanks) Tue, 15 Dec 2015 13:05:42 +0000 Re: Solutions for pit desludging and sludge management in low income urban settlements in Malawi (Mzuzu University) - and policy issues - by: fcharlesc http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/99-faecal-sludge-transport-including-emptying-of-pits-and-septic-tanks/6138-solutions-for-pit-desludging-and-sludge-management-in-low-income-urban-settlements-in-malawi-mzuzu-university-and-policy-issues?limit=12&start=12#16259 http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/99-faecal-sludge-transport-including-emptying-of-pits-and-septic-tanks/6138-solutions-for-pit-desludging-and-sludge-management-in-low-income-urban-settlements-in-malawi-mzuzu-university-and-policy-issues?limit=12&start=12#16259 Faecal sludge transport (including emptying of pits and septic tanks) Tue, 15 Dec 2015 12:47:20 +0000