Advisory on On-site and Off-Site Sewage Management Practices

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July 3rd 2020, Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, Government of India launched the Advisory on Onsite and Offsite Sewage Management Practices drafted by Central Public Health and Environmental Engineering Organisation. The Advisory has clearly brought the focus back to the city sanitation planning approach which was slowly getting dissolved. It advises all the cities to develop a city sanitation plan based on analysis of existing sanitation status. To analyse the current scenario of sanitation the advisory advocates to all the urban local bodies to use the tool called Shit Flow Diagram, which helps in mapping the flow of excreta across the city irrespective of type of sanitation system prevalent in the city, whether onsite or offsite. The SFD graphic not only helps in better sanitation planning – feeding into CSP but also in monitoring the progress of the city with respect to sanitation.