Interview D. van Dijk and H.J. van Alphen - Making SENSE of diverse, decentralised water innovations
Resilience Management & Governance
“The invention of piped sanitation systems has rightly been credited as one of the most significant medical milestones of the last century. People blessed with access to functioning toilets can often forget about the hidden, engineering marvel taking away their waste with a single flush. Conventional urban systems transport potable water for consumption and bring back wastewater for treatment over long distances. Yet what if these processes could be complemented with in-home or community water recycling or saving systems?
There is abundant research on these decentralised systems in developing nations, but what about developed countries? After all, it’s hard to directly compare waterless toilets in Sub-Saharan rural Africa to an urbanised, densely populated developed European city. Addressing this knowledge gap, a four-year EU project called Social Evaluation of New Sanitation Experiments (SENSE) aims to improve the understanding of the diversity and perceptions of decentralised solutions in practice.
The transdisciplinary collaboration – of utilities and research institutes – will examine thousands of end-users’ experiences and perspectives in six demonstration sites that use a mixture of technologies over four years, including water-saving toilets, recirculation showers, food grinders, rainwater recycling systems, and resource and energy recovery technologies.”
(Citation: Interview D. van Dijk and H.J. van Alphen – Making SENSE of diverse, decentralised water innovations – www.h20globalnews.com (2021)10 June)