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On-site sanitation systems are options which help treat the waste at source, rather than dealing with it several miles away in a centralized manner. In the absence of sewerage systems and piped supplies, communities have to devise decentralized ways to deal with their shit. Some of the most common on-site sanitation systems include septic tanks and pit latrines.

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Author: Madhu Thakar

Open defecation cannot be eliminated just by providing a hole in the ground with an oversized umbrella over it and christening it a ‘toilet’. There appears to be an unseemly hurry in building toilets all over the country without understanding the theory behind them.

Constructing toilets is a significant part of the overall Water,...

Arghyam, a grant making foundation working in water and sanitation in India, hosted a workshop on 27th January 2015 at the Indian Institute of Human Settlements (IIHS), Bangalore to understand the interface between groundwater and sanitation in India. After a decade of work across the country, Arghyam has...

It is a well known fact that India is a treasure trove of livestock. The total output from livestock products exceeds that of grain production. But, milk, meat and skin are not the only precious resources available. 

With over 512.05 million cows, buffaloes, donkeys, mules, sheep and pigs in the country, it is interesting to note that precious animal waste is usually not paid as much...
When Dr. Mapuskar landed in Dehu village to practice medicine, there were no toilets. With no other option at hand, Mapuskar joined the hundreds of others in the village and went out in the open. It didn’t take long for him to be convinced that the general ill heath of the populace is directly related to the poor state of sanitation and hygiene.
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