Regional Conclave cum Workshop on Excreta Management

Mainstreaming SFD and Decentralized Wastewater Treatment in Urban Sanitation Programming

Date: June 28-29, 2016

Venue: Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala

With increasing urban population, the sanitation crisis is growing. Even if the access to toilet has improved, the fate of the excreta generated is unclear. The conventional ways of collecting and treating/disposing waste water have failed to provide lasting solution to the water crisis we face today. 

In the given scenario there is an urgent need to know the excreta flow through the city and identify intervention areas. An excreta (sewage and septage) flow diagram, SFD (also known as shit flow diagram) is a tool that readily helps to understand and communicate visualizing how excreta physically flow through the city. SFD is an easy to understand tool, which can be a great asset towards planning interventions to improve city wide sanitation.

Assessing the capacity building need under the CSE-Suchitwa Mission initiative, a two day regional conclave cum workshop on “Excreta Management: Mainstreaming SFDs and Decentralised Wastewater Treatment for urban sanitation programming” is being organized from June 28-29, 2016 in Thiruvananthapuram. 

Aim: Capacitating ULBs and other stakeholders on SFDs, small scale onsite sanitation systems, wastewater management

By the end of the workshop the participants would have:

  • Improved understanding of SFDs and its application

  • Strengthened fundamentals of wastewater and septage characteristics and types of various on-site sanitation system

  • Developed skills to plan and design an ideal septic tank and Decentralised Wastewater Treatment Systems

The two day event consists of:

Day 1(28th June 2016): Preparation of Sewage and Septage Flow Diagrams (SFDs)
The conclave will focus on understanding the potential use of SFDs to map excreta of a city from its generation to disposal. It will provide hands-on experience on how to prepare an SFD.

Day 2(29th June 2016): Planning & Designing of on-site sanitation systems 
The one day workshop will focus on understanding potential of sustainable and affordable decentralised wastewater treatment (DWWT) systems for local reuse. It will provide hands on experience in planning and designing of ideal septic tanks and decentralised wastewater treatment systems.  

Target Audience:
Kerala: Suchitwa Mission nodal officers from each district, at least one participant from each ULB of cities preparing City Sanitation Plans including state level nodal officer responsible for CSP preparation.

Andhra Pradesh and Telangana: State and GIZ-CSP nodal officers and select ULB representatives. 

No Registration Fees 
Boarding/lodging will be provided by organizers to all the training participants. Only TA/DA has to be sanctioned by nominating state governments/ institutions.


Contact for more information

Workshop coordinators: Bhitush Luthra ( and Chhavi Sharda (

Programme Director: Suresh Kumar Rohilla (