Fecal sludge management in Tamatave – Madagascar
Tamatave is Madagascar’s second largest city, home to approximately 270,000 inhabitants. The sprawling coastal city is located on an alluvial plain in the northeast part of the island. Most households in Tamatave defecate in shallow pit latrines that interact with the groundwater table.
As just two vacuum trucks operate in Tamave, sludge management is traditionally the work of informal day laborers who empty pits manually with basic tools. Sludge is often buried in vacant lots or dumped directly into rice fields, canals, rivers or the sea.
This project aims to develop a sustainable and affordable fecal sludge management system with an appropriate sludge treatment.