Given growing populations and climate change, an anticipated surge of environmental refuges will head to major urban centers within the next 20 years. Because most cities are established along waterways and estuaries, WW! expects that many more people will be living on the most marginal, high water table and flood prone lands, as well as on floating houses in embayments. This will occur in South America, Africa, India/South Asia, Southeast Asia and China. While there is yet to be any planning for such a human predicament, WW! thinks both the HandyPod and our land-based flood prone treatment system (basically a HandyPod with a constructed wetland at the end) can provide templates for the sanitation solution.
The HandyPod: Introducing Sanitation in Floating Communities
Our centerpiece work, the HandyPod, addresses wastewater treatment for individual houses and schools in floating and floodplain communities in Cambodia and elsewhere. This product is being replicated on Tonle Sap Lake using WW!‘s innovative 4-step sanitation marketing program.
Flood Prone Treatment Design: – Introducing Sanitation to Flood Prone and High Water Table Lands
This treatment system is appropriate wherever regions may be flooded and where high seasonal groundwater makes pit latrines inappropriate due to leaching of sewage to the surface or to nearby creeks.