About two billion people in the world have no adequate sanitation provision whereby they can relieve themselves in a healthy, convenient and private way. Low-cost Sanitation addresses this enormous problem by providing advice and information on appropriate sanitation coverage for both rural and urban low-income communities.
This practical manual describes and compares a range of low-cost systems - what they are, where they are appropriate, and how they can be planned, built, operated and maintained. Particular emphasis is given to 'software' aspects the role of women and agencies in sanitation projects and programmes, and how individual householders and communities improve their own sanitation.
The author examines the underlying health, social and cultural aspects and preferences in diverse regions of the world; and gives evidence of the diseases which occur through lack of adequate sanitation provision, and the health benefits which result from its installation or upgrading.
The book concludes with a discussion about the practical, financial and organization considerations of obtaining or upgrading sanitation provision, the emphasis being firmly on the community and its needs and preferences.