Online Course on Faecal Sludge Management

IHE Delft Faecal Sludge Management

Target Audience

The course is designed for professionals who deal with planning, promoting, designing, operating or managing faecal sludge for residents in urban, peri-urban, slum or rural areas, in low income countries and beyond. A solid foundation in physics and chemistry is essential to follow this course; a good understanding of wastewater and its (biological) treatment will strongly support the understanding of the Module.


The objective of the course is to gain an understanding of all of the required aspects for the design and operation of a comprehensive faecal sludge management (FSM) system.

Course Program

Sub-course 1: Introduction to Faecal Sludge Management
Unit 1.1: General Introduction to Faecal Sludge Management
Unit 1.2: Introduction to the Course on Faecal Sludge Management

Sub-course 2: Technological Fundaments of Faecal Sludge Management
Unit 2.1: Characterisation of Faecal Sludge
Unit 2.2: Treatment Mechanisms

Sub-course 3: Collection and Transport of Faecal Sludge
Unit 3.1: Methods and Means of Transport

Sub-course 4: Faecal Sludge Treatment Technologies
Unit 4.1: Overview of Technologies for Faecal Sludge Treatment
Unit 4.2: Settling-Thickening
Unit 4.3: Drying Beds
Unit 4.4: Co-Treatment with Faecal Sludge
Unit 4.5: End use of Treatment Products

Sub-course 5: Management in Faecal Sludge Management
Unit 5.1: Operation and Maintenance
Unit 5.2: Institutional Frameworks
Unit 5.3: Financial Transfers and Responsibility

Sub-course 6: Non-technical Aspects of Faecal Sludge Management
Unit 6.1: Assessment of the Initial Situation
Unit 6.2: Planning of Integrated FSM Systems

Learning Objectives

Upon completion, the participant should be able to:
– have an understanding of treatment, management, and planning aspects related to FSM;
– place FSM in a total urban water cycle approach;
– identify suitable treatment options for specific situations and locations;
– understand the mechanisms and designs of specific treatment technologies;
– communicate important aspects of FSM to managers and decision makers