Sanitation & Water Quality
Sustainable Sanitation Alliance (SuSanA)
As member of the SuSanA Working Group 11: Groundwater Protection, I have been exchanging experiences regarding the impacts of sanitation systems (pit latrines) on the groundwater with other professionals throughout several developing countries. Particular issues include the elevated concentrations of pathogens and nutrients (nitrate) in groundwater, causes, health implications, and management measures. I have emphasized the need to (seasonally) monitor the levels of nitrate in highly populated areas having a high latrine density, well-drained soil, a vulnerable unconfined aquifer, and low rainfall recharge. The primary aim of this working group is to create awareness and formulate recommendations for the protection of groundwater through sustainable sanitation.