Faecal Sludge Management Online Course

This online course on faecal sludge management (FSM) has been designed to impart knowledge on the important aspects that need to be taken into account when designing and operating a comprehensive FSM system. The course targets professionals who deal with planning, promoting, designing, operating or managing faecal sludge (FS) for residents in urban, peri-urban, slum or rural areas, in low income-countries and beyond. The only requirement for this course is an interest in faecal sludge management. To fully appreciate the technical aspects of the course, an understanding of physics, chemistry and mathematics would be helpful.

Start Date: 1 February 2018 | Duration: 16 weeks | Workload: 8 hours/week | Language: English | Cost: Free
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The sanitation needs of approximately 2.7 billion people worldwide are served by onsite sanitation technologies, in both rural and urban areas. The use of onsite technologies results in the generation of signification quantities of faecal sludge (FS) that needs to be safely removed, transported and disposed of or treated. However, in most of these low or middle-income countries there is generally no management systems in place to deal with this FS. The sustainable management of FS from onsite sanitation systems is therefore a critical need that must be addressed, and one that will continue to play an essential role in the management of global sanitation into the future.
The topics covered in this course include the fundamentals of FSM, collection and transport of FS, treatment technologies as well as the management and planning of a successful FSM system.

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About us

This course is run by the Pollution Research Group as one of the partners under the Global Sanitation Learning Alliance. The Pollution Research Group is a professional research centre based in the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s School of Engineering (Chemical Engineering) which conducts innovative research projects on water resources, waste water reclamation, the impact of effluents on local environments, sanitation systems, and other water related environmental issues. We are currently working on a number of projects funded by the WRC in South Africa and are the recipient of various grants funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. We also have a Memorandum of Agreement with the eThekwini Water and Sanitation, to provide research support to their unit. For more information about what the PRG does please visit our website http://prg.ukzn.ac.za

Some of the reasons to do the course

Professional development

Grow your skills and be an ideal candidate for a higher role in your workplace.

Grow your network

Build a global network with the e-learning alliance partners and FSM professionals worldwide.

Get to know the FSM field

Obtain insight and knowledge on FSM before deciding your career path or furthering it.

Get in touch with the course team


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+27 (0)31 260 3375

info@prg-durban.org.za