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Title: Emergency sanitation: developing criteria for pit latrine lining
Authors: Reed, Brian
Torr, Dominic
Scott, Rebecca E.
Keywords: Latrines
Issue Date: 2016
Publisher: © Practical Action
Citation: REED, B., TORR, D. and SCOTT, R., 2016. Emergency sanitation: developing criteria for pit latrine lining. Waterlines, 35 (2), pp. 194-214.
Abstract: Pit latrine linings for emergency sanitation facilities require different performance criteria from those for pits used in longer-term development work. Various international initiatives are currently under way to develop new methods of supporting the pits used for latrines in emergencies, but before a solution can be found, the problem needs to be defined. Current field guidance lacks the level of detail required by humanitarian workers to construct durable pits in a timely manner. Consultations with international humanitarian field staff and UK-based geotechnical engineers were used in this research project to identify design, construction, and operational requirements of emergency pit-lining systems. However, rather than closely defined performance requirements, the study identified a wide range of criteria that need to be considered and clear distinctions between emergency and longer-term solutions. Latrines constructed in the initial stages of emergencies are likely to be communal, with long rectangular pits that require frequent emptying. Current knowledge of suitable pit support methods is sufficient to provide a limited range of standard designs that could be selected to meet local requirements.
Description: This paper is closed access until 9th November 2016. © Practical Action Publishing, 2016. The definitive, peer-reviewed and edited version of this article (Version of Scholarly Record) is published at: http://dx.doi.org/10.3362/1756-3488.2016.016
Version: Accepted for publication
DOI: 10.3362/1756-3488.2016.016
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/20966
Publisher Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.3362/1756-3488.2016.016
ISSN: 0262-8104
Appears in Collections:Closed Access (Civil and Building Engineering)

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