Regulation of emptying and transport services for faecal sludge (pits and septic tanks)

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Regulation of emptying and transport services for faecal sludge (pits and septic tanks)

Dear all,
 
I am doing a PhD at WEDC on regulation of emptying and transport services for faecal sludge in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs).
 
I am currently compiling an inventory of regulation practices in cities in LMICs. I’m aware that not all initiatives have been documented or widely shared, so if you know of any interesting case, please answer this short survey and share any relevant documents or links.
https://lboro.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/inventory-of-regulation-practices-for-emptying-services
 
Answers to this survey, along with some online interviews and a document review, should provide a good snapshot of regulatory practices around the world.
Of course, once I have analysed the results, I will share my findings. They should be useful to national and local governments, regulators and development partners.
 
I am also running a questionnaire for emptying operators in Africa. If you know any emptier, please let me know or send them the following link: I'd be happy to answer any question or comment in this thread or via email.
 
Looking forward to your answers,

Alix 
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Re: Regulation of emptying and transport services for faecal sludge (pits and septic tanks)

Hi Alix.
C-WAS team at CEPT has worked on two small towns in Maharashtra, India. A paper based on their experience was posted by Dinesh in this thread

Besides, there have been efforts to regulate emptying in Bhubaneswar, Odisha. Their Gazette notification is available here

Hope this helps

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Re: Regulation of emptying and transport services for faecal sludge (pits and septic tanks)

Hi Alix,

It's always great to see PhD students utilise this discussion forum for their data gathering and I hope you get many useful replies to your surveys!

You've probably already browsed the related sub-category as it has also included information on emptying services and on regulation:
Faecal sludge transport (including emptying of pits and septic tanks, transfer stations)

For example, this thread by Nicola from two years ago might be related:
Number of vacuum trucks and pit latrine emptiers in Africa - CROWDSOURCING INFORMATION PLEASE

Perhaps you could list the main documents of regulatory practices that you have already found so that people don't send you stuff that you already have (e.g. there are quite a few from India in the SuSanA library).

I noticed that two years ago you had posted regular updates on the SFD Promotion Initiative in this thread: 
SFD Promotion Initiative (SFD PI) - Project Updates (Shit Flow Diagrams)  . I see that that project has ended but am wondering if it is related to your PhD project now? If your PhD project perhaps a spin-off or continuation of that previous work on SFDs?

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Re: Regulation of emptying and transport services for faecal sludge (pits and septic tanks)

Thank you Paresh and Elisabeth.
I'll check out the links you provided.

Yes, I went through the Susana Library (although I probably missed interesting things, there is so much!). I already have some information and documents about initiatives in the Philippines, Zambia, Senegal, South Africa, some in India... 
I know regulation of sanitation is currently a hot topic among governments and development agencies / organisations. However, there is not much academic research published on it, so I'm hoping to gather enough information to start the trend.

Regarding the SFD posts, I worked for the SFD Project. My PhD is not directly related, although some elements of the SFDs are feeding my research and knowledge of sanitation planning.

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Alix
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Hi Alix,
I am just wondering if the publication discussed in this thread on  Institutional arrangements for regulating non-sewered sanitation (NSS)  is relevant for your work? If so, you might like to provide some inputs into the discussion there.

I wonder if we are making it harder for people to find stuff by using similar terms for the same thing, i.e. FSM (faecal sludge management) and now NSS (non-sewered sanitation).

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