After seven papers discussing specific examples of ecological sanitation projects, the workshop considered the background, motivation and feasibility of this technology. It was agreed that ecological sanitation could help tackle water scarcity, health protection and, by recycling water and nutrients into agriculture, food scarcity. Dense cities are probably unsuitable for its implementation, but rural, town and peri-urban areas are promising. Key issues that remains are: the microbiological and chemical risks associated with the technology; the need for major information, education and support programmes; effective linking to reuse schemes; tailoring systems to meet local physical, socio-economic and cultural circumstances.
Workshop 8 (synthesis): challenges of expanding ecological sanitation into urban areas
A. Milburn, S. Matsui, P.-A. Malmqvist; Workshop 8 (synthesis): challenges of expanding ecological sanitation into urban areas. Water Sci Technol 1 April 2002; 45 (8): 195–196. doi: https://doi.org/10.2166/wst.2002.0179
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