Ozy: Why Cities are Starting to Shun Sewers

  • Testing Compost in Cap Haitien, Haiti

Photo: Vic Hinterlang

It’s time to think outside the sewer, writes Alia Dharssi for Ozy in a new article on how sanitation practitioners like SOIL are leading the way for a global sanitation revolution.

“Globally, more than 1 billion people live in slums with inadequate or no toilets. That condition is spawning a health crisis, with research linking poor sanitation to the transmission of diseases like cholera, malnutrition and intestinal worms. Less than 10 percent of wastewater is treated in some countries such as Lebanon and Cambodia, according to a 2017 United Nations report.Ozy Logo

But modern sewer systems, which cost millions to build and maintain, in addition to devouring water and electricity, are out of reach for many developing countries. More and more, countries and communities are seeking alternatives.”

So what’s the solution? Read the full article to learn about the safe, affordable, and ecologically-beneficial  sanitation system that SOIL is developing in Haiti.

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1 Reply to "Ozy: Why Cities are Starting to Shun Sewers"

  • Susi Batstone
    May 18, 2018 (5:21 am)
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    As seas continue to rise with the impact of global warming, many traditional wastewater treatment plants near coasts will be unable to operate safely. Beginning to plan more urban dry sanitation systems now will optimise fresh water use and retain soluble nutrients for regenerating productive soils.


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