Solution in a Box: Webinar on Container-Based Sanitation

Publication Date: 
Tuesday, March 8, 2016
Program on Water, Health & Development

In urban slums around the world, people must choose among crowded public toilets that close at night, open defecation or expensive private pit latrines. Narrow, unplanned street layouts make access by suction trucks impossible, and frequent flooding sends raw sewage into homes. These issues will only intensify as the world’s cities grow by 2.4 billion people over the next 35 years.

Affordable, portable dry household toilet systems – container-based sanitation (CBS) – present a possible solution.

Learn more about CBS during a webinar, March 17, 8 to 9 a.m. PDT (12 to 1 p.m. EDT).

REGISTER for the CBS Webinar

The event will include an overview of the concept, a review of case studies and a Q&A among Sasha Kramer, Co-founder and Executive Director of Sustainable Organic Integrated Livelihoods (SOIL); Andy Narracott, Deputy Director for Global Safe Water at Evidence Action; and David Auerbach and Ani Vallabhaneni, Co-Founders of Sanergy. Jenna Davis, Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Higgins-Magid senior fellow at the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment, will moderate.

Stanford-led research has found that CBS, in combination with a waste removal service, shows promise as an effective, safe and dignified way to capture, isolate and remove waste from densely populated areas. CBS also has potential for revenue generation through waste processing and recovery of resources such as phosphorus and nitrogen.  

Under Davis’s guidance and in collaboration with SOIL, a team of Stanford researchers is developing a container-based system and entrepreneurial service model for the developing world. To learn more about our recent findings and experiences with CBS, read a research brief based on two recent journal publications or the following news stories:

A Sanitation Solution Worth Paying For

Sanitation Solution Exceeds Expectations