The piece highlights how having a sound fecal sludge management system is of utmost importance in densely populated areas, where most residents are often not connected to conventional sewer networks. Madhu says, “based on the data culled by the Centre for Science and Environment through a survey of close to 75 cities, between 70-90% of our human waste goes untreated into the environment. The collected and untreated material is usually dumped in the nearest water body or open area, sometimes even in farmer fields all of which is hazardous to safe and healthy living. Government and citizens have to act together to solve for the problem.”

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