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G025: Simple pit latrines

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posted on 12.02.2018, 15:10 by Bob Reed
Pit latrines are one of the oldest forms of formal sanitation in the world and for many they are still the best. Pit latrines are simple to build and can be constructed using local materials and technologies. Compared with other forms of sanitation they are relatively cheap, easy to operate and maintain and, if properly used, help prevent the spread of excreta related diseases. For most low-income communities in the developing world, the pit latrine in one form or another will be the most appropriate means of excreta disposal. This guide describes how pit latrines work and the components of pit latrines. It also examines some of the main problems that can arise with this simple form of sanitation.

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School

  • Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering

Research Unit

  • Water, Engineering and Development Centre (WEDC)

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WEDC Guide

Citation

REED, B., 2014. G025: Simple pit latrines. Loughborough: WEDC, Loughborough University.

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© WEDC, Loughborough University

Version

VoR (Version of Record)

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This work is made available according to the conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) licence. Full details of this licence are available at: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/

Publication date

2014

Notes

This guide was published by the Water, Engineering and Development Centre (WEDC) at Loughborough University.

ISBN

9781843801627

Other identifier

WEDC_ID:21751

Language

en

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