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Description

This course deals with the principles of infrastructure planning in developing countries, with a focus on appropriate and sustainable technologies for water and sanitation.

It also incorporates technical, socio-cultural, public health, and economic factors into the planning and design of water and sanitation systems. Upon completion, students will be able to plan simple, yet reliable, water supply and sanitation systems for developing countries that are compatible with local customs and available human and material resources. Graduate and upper division students from any department who are interested in international development at the grassroots level are encouraged to participate in this interdisciplinary subject.

Acknowledgment

This course was jointly developed by Earthea Nance and Susan Murcott in Spring 2006.

Course Curriculum

  • Basic concepts, water rich / water poor, and pictoral tour of global water and sanitation Unlimited
  • A utility’s pro-poor approach in Bangalore’s slums Unlimited
  • Water, sanitation and hygiene-related diseases Unlimited
  • Sources of water and water supply planning Unlimited
  • Water quality and simple water quality field testing demo Unlimited
  • Decentralized household water treatment and safe storage Unlimited
  • Centralized water treatment: MWRA and Beijing Unlimited
  • Sanitation history, centralized wastewater treatment, and reuse Unlimited
  • Water and sanitation financing Unlimited
  • On-site excreta disposal Unlimited

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