Autumn Semester 2020 takes place in a mixed form of online and classroom teaching.
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102-0838-00L  Water Supply, Sanitation and Waste Infrastructure and Services in Developing Countries

SemesterSpring Semester 2020
LecturersC. Zurbrügg
Periodicityyearly recurring course
Language of instructionEnglish


AbstractIntroduction to water supply, excreta, wastewater and solid waste management in developing countries. Highlights links between infrastructure, services and health, resource conservation and environmental protection. New concepts and approaches for sustainable sanitation infrastructure and services for developing countries - especially poor urban areas.
ObjectiveStudents receive an introduction to issues of water supply, excreta, waste water and solid waste management in developing countries. They understand the connections between water, wastewater and waste management, health, resource conservation and environmental protection. Besides, they learn how water supply, wastewater and solid waste infrastructure and services can be combined and improved, in order to achieve the development policy goals in terms of disease prevention, resource conservation, and environmental protection.
ContentOverview of the global health situation, water supply, and liquid and solid waste management situation in developing countries. Technical and scientific fundamentals of water supply, sanitation and solid waste management. Material flows in water supply, sanitation and waste management. New concepts and approaches for sustainable sanitation infrastructure and services for developing countries - especially poor urban areas. Exercises: students will work in groups on a case study and develop improvement options for water, sanitation and waste management.
Lecture notesCourse notes and further reading will be made available on the ETHZ Moodle portal.
LiteratureThe selected literature references will be made available on Moodle.
Prerequisites / NoticeStudents will work in groups on a case study and develop improvement options for water, sanitation and waste management. The case study work will be marked (1/3 of final grade). Written Semesterendprüfung of 90 min (counts for 2/3 of final grade)