ANSI - American National Standards Institute

First Workshop on Community-Scale Resource-Oriented Sanitation Treatment Systems

Sanitation systems

June 28 – 30, 2017
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Durban, South Africa

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First Workshop on Community-Scale Resource-Oriented Sanitation Treatment Systems Overview

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), an estimated 2.5 billion people have no access to safe, clean toilets and 1 billion are forced to defecate in the open. The devastating consequences of these practices include an estimated 1 million preventable deaths per year, primarily from dysentery-like diarrheal diseases.

In March 2013 the UN issued a global call to action for the comprehensive elimination of the practice of open defecation by 2025. According to the UN, countries where open defecation is most common have the highest levels of child death and disease, as a result of ingesting human fecal matter that has entered the food or water supply. A lack of safe, private toilets is also associated with the highest overall levels of malnutrition, poverty, and disparity between rich and poor, and makes women and girls vulnerable to violence. Universal toilet access is the only acceptable goal, and it is achievable.

Part of the solution is to reinvent the toilet, and promote an international performance standard for the reinvented toilet, an effort well underway in ISO Project Committee 305.

As part of a multi-phased initiative to facilitate the development of a globally recognized consensus standard for safer, cleaner reinvented toilets, ANSI – with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation – will hold an International Workshop Agreement (IWA) workshop on community scale resource oriented sanitation treatment systems in the last week of June.

The IWA will serve as the first step toward the goal of developing an international standard that will contain the commonly accepted criteria by which to measure the performance of community scaled resource oriented sanitation treatment systems in total. Such an international standard would enhance efforts to widely manufacture, market and deploy the technology where it is needed most.

It is intended that the IWA will be developed over a series of three meetings. The next meeting will take place the week of 4-8 September 2017 in Singapore, venue and specific dates to be determined. The third meeting will be announced in the near future.

Venue and Accommodations

Southern Sun Elangeni & Maharani

63 Snell Parade
Durban 4001, South Africa
+27 31 362 1300


Contact Information

Sally Seitz,
Senior Program Manager
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)

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