Inclusiveness in Decentralised Sanitation Solutions - poor readiness of the community to use the technology

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Inclusiveness in Decentralised Sanitation Solutions

Hi all!
Last week I attended training on DEWATS technology. Amongst the mentioned challenges included poor readiness of the community to use the technology. I have observed such a mentioned challenge in seven different projects, both in Asia and Africa. At the end, the systems are left unused or unused after sometime! The question is, why? Is it because of the poor inclusiveness implementation? or the dynamics of the beneficiaries?...or else... Any ideas?
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Re: Inclusiveness in Decentralised Sanitation Solutions

Hi Beda,

I think the reasons for failure vary from project to project. Could you tell us more about the seven different (failed) projects that you mentioned? Were they all DEWATS projects implemented in urban informal settlements? - Learning from failure is important.

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Re: Inclusiveness in Decentralised Sanitation Solutions

Hi. SuSana Members.
Beda and Muench.

I express my appreciation on the very progress of wwt plants using Dewats principles and practices. It does not fail because it performs naturally aiding nature .

Wish to mention that Dewats plants function all passively like a simple septic-tank. All that is needed is that they are well designed and planned , ofcourse with regular O&M -- operation and maintainance.

For all thse type of Dewats plants the communities ' feel good' when
1. Both water and compost is re used.
2. Better still if put to agri-farm use, when compliant.
3. Aesthetics appeal of the structures ought to be like a great flowered garden.

With well wishes for -- Great propagation of Dewats plants .

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Hello Elizabeth,

Yes, all the DEWATS project were implemented in the urban settlements. Some informal and some not. In Africa including Tanzania, I observed that the technology is still new. In Tanzania still the communities thing of waste stabilization ponds (which is the current only existing treatment technology). So they will refuse simply because they think WSPs are going to be constructed at their premises.
I am still not sure with regards to Asia as I know ie India they are DEWATS experts in every aspect. Some were not used at all, some use for few years then abandoned. Maybe it is because of the underdesigned and that couldn't meet the demand, less/no maintenance or the beneficiaries could not enjoy the reuse of the by-products as intended...not sure...

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Dear AjitSehadri,

Thank you for your inputs. However, in Tanzania as an example, we neither have reuse standards for treated wastewater nor biosolids. So we currently emphasise on the use of DEWATS technology for WW treatment as the target. You are right, we are thinking letter after having the standards and start using the by-products, might raise the acceptability.

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Re: Inclusiveness in Decentralised Sanitation Solutions

Dear Blevira Sir.

It makes it worthwhile to reuse resources generated from wastes (@ wwt plant) be it be solid liquid or gases.

As the availability is throughout year, the crops or greens can be adequately planned.
Locally, when the projects are successful, SDGs are placed on targets and achieved.

All these projects can be audited and showcased as role-models.
Well wishes to communities.

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