Faecal Sludge Management online course


The objective of the course is to gain an understanding of all of the required aspects for the design and operation of a comprehensive faecal sludge management (FSM) system. The course material was developed by IHE Delft (Netherlands) and SANDEC, EAWAG (Switzerland) in close cooperation with other organisations and key experts – UKZN (South Africa), AIT (Thailand), BUET (Bangladesh), 2iE (Burkina Faso) and CSE (India). In addition, this second presentation of the course is being run simultaneously with KU (Nepal), MU (India), Unity Knowledge LLP (India) and TSUAB (Russia). The theoretical background of the course is based on the book, Faecal Sludge Management.


The course is designed for researchers and professionals who deal with planning, promoting, designing, operating or managing faecal sludge for residents in urban, peri-urban, slum or rural areas, in low income countries and beyond. An understanding of physics and chemistry, as well as wastewater and its (biological) treatment, will strongly support the understanding of the Course.

Learning objectives

Upon completion, the participant should be able to:

• have an understanding of treatment, management, and planning aspects related to FSM
• place FSM in an urban water cycle approach
• identify suitable treatment options for specific situations and locations
• understand the mechanisms and designs of specific treatment technologies
• communicate important aspects of FSM to managers and decision makers

Course structure

Course Program

The course program is taught over a period of 4 months. The course is sub-divided into 6 Modules prepared by experts in the field and 6 assignments.

Module 1 Introduction into FSM

• Unit 1.1 General introduction into FSM
• Unit 1.2 Introduction into the course

Module 2 Technological fundaments of FSM

• Unit 2.1 Characterisation of FSM (quality, quantity, SOPs)
• Unit 2.2 Treatment mechanisms

Module 3 Collection and Transport

Module 4 FS Treatment Technologies

• Unit 4.1 Overview of Technologies
• Unit 4.2 Settling – Thickening
• Unit 4.3 Drying beds
• Unit 4.4 Co-treatment with FS
• Unit 4.5 End-use

Module 5 Management

• Unit 5.1 Operation and Maintenance
• Unit 5.2 Institutional Frameworks
• Unit 5.3 Financial Transfers and Responsibility

Module 6 Planning

• Unit 6.1 Assessment of the Initial Situation
• Unit 6.2 Planning of Integrated FSM Systems

Course start: 1 February 2018
Course end:  31 May 2018

The course is free of charge and registration opens on 13th December 2017.

Register at the following link: prg-durban.org.za


Aimee Smith

Research Assistant
Pollution Research Group
School of Engineering

Rebecca Sindall

Post-Doctoral Fellow
Pollution Research Group
School of Engineering

Susan Mercer

Project Manager
Pollution Research Group
School of Engineering