The webinar, hosted by SEI on 29 April 2014, attracted almost 50 participants from around the world. Covering a range of projects aimed at addressing missing links in sanitation systems, the three presentations were:

  • Is a power auger “Excrevator” a suitable tool to empty pit latrines in South Africa and septic tanks in India?
  • Francis de los Reyes (North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina, USA)
  • A compact water recycling and energy harvesting system for off-grid public toilets in low-income urban areas: The NEWgeneratorTM anaerobic membrane bioreactor ready for field testing in India
  • Daniel Yeh (University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida, USA)
  • Community-scale facility to process faeces and faecal sludge into safe biochar by pyrolysis – field testing this year with Sanergy in Nairobi
  • Brian von Herzen and Laura Talsma (Climate Foundation, California, USA)

“Getting these missing links identified and addressed are a critical part of the sanitation challenge,” said SEI researcher and webinar organizer Arno Rosemarin.  “For sanitation to work requires a complete system of different steps from the toilet, to storage and transportation (pits, pipes, containers, trucks), to treatment (drying, composting, wet anaerobic/aerobic digestion), reuse (water, nutrients to crops, organic material to soil or biogas) and disposal. Any missing or dysfunctional link can cause the system to interrupt and even fail.”

The next webinar in this series is planned for June 2014. More information about this webinar and both past and future webinars can be found on the SuSanA Forum.