Will construction of toilets in numbers end our quest for sanitation utopia? Certainly not. Countries will now have to wake up to fresh challenges of disposal of the massive quantities of solid and liquid waste generated by the new toilets we have built. 

How do we prevent this waste from turning into an unmanageable health hazard by seeping into our groundwater and water bodies like lakes and rivers. These challenges are intensified in rural areas, where on-site containment is the only solution. Out-of-the-box thinking on safe containment and management is needed in such areas. 

The recent Joint Monitoring Progress report flags issues of safely managed sanitation services. The report stresses the need for hygienic toilets and safe management of excreta at each step of the sanitation trajectory—from containment and emptying to conveyance, treatment and, most importantly, reuse. 


Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) is organizing a training programme to educate participants on the key topics of faecal sludge management in rural areas. The course comprises of self-study, learning tools such as presentations, audios and videos, featuring case studies. Wherever required, the training will provide online forums for discussion. Quizzes and assignments will be part of this programme. The course will facilitate online interaction of participants with experts. A webinar will also be organized to discuss the subject threadbare. 


  1. Knowledge of safe, adaptable and sustainable technologies for managing toilet waste
  2. Understanding of decentralized technologies to manage grey and black water
  3. Training on how to reuse wastewater and faecal sludge
  4. Guidance on the use of Information, Education and Communication (IEC) material effectively for safe disposal and reuse of faecal sludge
  5. Connecting water to toilets—how to make usage of toilets sustainable 

Course coordinator

Sushmita Sengupta
Programme Manager, Rural Water–Waste Programme
Mobile: +91-9958396440
Whats App: +91-9899928837