Volume 32, Issue 3
  • ISSN: 0002-9637
  • E-ISSN: 1476-1645


Multi-authored books often have problems of uneven presentation, and this one is no exception. However, there are several chapters that stand out as extremely valuable contributions to the understanding of water supply and sanitation technologies for developing countries. The contributors to a person have had long years of experience in developing countries. They addressed current problems with apt examples taken from these countries. The presentation is practically oriented. It is a “how-to” book that will be useful to those who deal with tropical environmental health problems.

The chapter on Simple Water Treatment Method is practical and extremely well written. Sewerage: The Developing Country Dilemma points to the problem in planning when sanitation is made the weak step-sister to water supply as is often the case. The stereotype of the “foreign consultant” by the authors of this chapter, however, is patently unfair to many workers who labor at appropriate technology.The chapter on Low-Cost Alternatives to Sewerage provides various methods for excreta disposal, but also raises important questions.


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