Nov 9, 2021

Critical Points Affecting Pit Filling Rates in Emergency Settings

Pit filling rate is a complicated phenomena and many factors can contribute to it. It is difficult to predict the exact reasons for any overflowing pit. In emergency, pits latrines often fill faster than anticipated. In such case, they become a health risk and occupational hazard. They also cause increased workload in terms of maintenance and emptying and transportation of sludge.

If the latrine pits in the camp are filling quicker than you anticipated, you can use this checklist to understand what can be behind it.

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