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News | 10 September 2020

Faecal Sludge Management Alliance: Finding the value in waste

Very few people probably enjoy talking about faecal sludge management. And in the western world, most people do not have to. Our sewage systems, invisibly hidden underground and often more than 100 years old, flush away everything that we do not want to think about. On a worldwide scale, however, the situation looks rather different: 4.5 billion people still lack access to safely managed sanitation. We spoke to Jennifer Williams, the Executive Director of Faecal Sludge Management Alliance (FSMA), member of the Netherlands Water Partnership. Jennifer explained that “this is a huge problem that needs to be addressed. But at the same time, it offers an enormous market opportunity. Through FSMA we strive to support the worldwide adoption and implementation of faecal sludge management, and to connect governments, NGOs and businesses to this emerging industry.” 

Photo of cesspool where untreated human waste is dumped in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.