The Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) has proposed to demonstrate the operational feasibility of a solar-powered septic tank as an alternative and sustainable sanitation option for communities. The increased temperature inside the septic tank will inactivate pathogens and reduce the environmental issues related to conventional fecal sludge management. In turn, this will improve the water quality of groundwater and surface water and minimize health risks.
Samoa was hit by a devastating tsunami at the same time as it was suffering from the effects of the global financial crisis. The country’s partnership with ADB was a critical factor in recovering from the twin disasters.