Urban water, sanitation & waste services

More than half the world's people live in urban centres. Slum populations are increasing by 10% each year and 1.8 billion people drink water contaminated with faeces. Despite growing demand, there is a global lack of expertise in sanitation, hygiene and waste, especially in poor urban communities. We are working to provide technical assistance and advice in these areas to improve systems such as solid waste management. We do this by improving the work of existing informal pit emptiers through adapted public-private sector partnerships.

Our expertise in this area includes :

  • Water, sanitation and hygiene - access to clean water and toilets, with innovative ways to collect and recycle human waste into commercial by-products
  • Rubbish management - scalable business models for waste disposal in slum communities
  • Enabling communities to drive the provision of urban services - working with authorities and communities to include informal settlements within the planning process.

Our flagship urban services project

Building healthy communities (Swachh Samudai)

The problem Poor sanitation in Choudwar, a city in Odisha state in India, causes frequent cases of diarrhoea, dysentery, typhoid and gastroenteritis in the population and also create issues of safety and security for women and girls. In the 17 slum areas of the city le...

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telephone: +44 (0) 1926 634403

fax: +44 (0) 1926 634405



Practical Action Consulting
The Schumacher Centre
Bourton on Dunsmore
CV23 9QZ
United Kingdom

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