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102-0838-00L  Environmental Sanitation Planning and Infrastructure in Developing Countries

SemesterSpring Semester 2015
LecturersC. Zurbrügg
Periodicityyearly recurring course
Language of instructionEnglish


AbstractIntroduction to issues of water supply, excreta, wastewater and solid waste disposal in developing countries with a focus on urban areas. Connections between these processes and health, resource conservation as well as environmental protection. New concepts and planning approaches that aim at preventing disease as well as protecting and conserving resources.
ObjectiveStudents receive an introduction to issues of water supply, excreta, waste water and solid waste disposal in developing countries. They understand the connections between waste disposal, health, resource conservation and environmental protection. Besides, they learn how water supply, wastewater and solid waste disposal and urban agriculture can be combined, in order to achieve the development policy goals in terms of disease prevention, resource conservation, and environmental protection.
ContentOverview of the health situation, water supply, and liquid and solid waste disposal in developing countries. Sector development policy of Switzerland and multilateral agencies. Technical and scientific fundamentals of water supply, sanitation and solid waste management. Material flows in water supply, waste disposal and urban agriculture. New concepts and approaches for sustainable sanitation services in developing countries - especially poor urban areas.
Lecture notesCourse notes and further reading will be mada available on the ETHZ Moodle portal, all students will receive a Moodle password during the 1st lecture.
LiteratureThe selected literature references will be made available on Moodle.
Prerequisites / NoticeThis course includes 2 exercises on selected subjects.