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Sustainable Sanitation Management Tool for Decision Making in Isolated Areas in Brazil

Department of Sanitary and Environmental Engineering., Dom Bosco Catholic University, Mato Grosso do Sul, Campo Grande 79117-900, Brazil
Faculty of Engineering, Architecture, Urbanism and Geography, Federal University of Mato Grosso do Sul, Campo Grande, Mato Grosso do Sul 79070-900, Brazil
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16(7), 1118;
Received: 8 January 2019 / Revised: 14 March 2019 / Accepted: 18 March 2019 / Published: 28 March 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue New Directions in Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Research)
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There is a worldwide range of technical sanitation guidelines focusing on small or traditional and isolated communities for ecological alternatives at the household level. However, a computational tool (software) that has a database and connects these guidelines in a single reference for resource-oriented sanitation concept decision making is still lacking. In this regard, an easy-to-use tool was developed using a participatory approach for the decision-making process from a choice of technical solutions to a type of system management. The results obtained from a pilot study indicate that the proposed tool in this paper will help with the decision-making process to aid in not only choosing sustainable sanitation solutions, but also sustainable operation and maintenance options for the systems. When presenting and discussing the tool with research groups and technicians, the potential for participatory application was noticed. The proposed tool can be used in the elaboration of municipal sanitation plans, assisting local technicians and environmental licensing agencies, designers and engineering students, among others. The software can be applied with other management tools, such as 5W2H and Canvas business model. View Full-Text
Keywords: rural area; software; framework; participatory sanitation programming; oriented-resource sanitation rural area; software; framework; participatory sanitation programming; oriented-resource sanitation

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Magalhães Filho, F.J.C.; de Queiroz, A.A.F.S.L.; Machado, B.S.; Paulo, P.L. Sustainable Sanitation Management Tool for Decision Making in Isolated Areas in Brazil. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16, 1118.

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