Implementing an engineering field testing platform for sustainable non-sewered sanitation prototypes
conference contributionposted on 08.11.2018, 16:20 by Susan J. Mercer, Rebecca Sindall, Ruth S. Cottingham, Chris Buckley, N. Alcock, L. Zuma, G. Gounden
Researchers globally are developing sanitation solutions that make faecal waste safe, are affordable, do not require external power, water or sewer connections and that recover and reuse water, energy and nutrients. The Engineering Field Testing platform is a collaboration between the Pollution Research Group at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, eThekwini Water and Sanitation and a private company, Khanyisa Projects, which provides a supportive space to test early engineering concepts in a real world environment, while still under the control of technology developers. Local teams of engineers, scientists and social scientists support technology developers through site selection, community engagement, ethical approval, site preparation, installation and commissioning, sampling, testing and feedback and decommissioning. This ensures that locally relevant risks can be identified and mitigated. The concentration of prototypes being tested in a single location allows support resources and expertise to be pooled and increases collaboration to overcome common challenges.
- Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering
- Water, Engineering and Development Centre (WEDC)