Running on Empty: Challenges Faced by Private Pit Emptiers in Urban Uganda

Oct 26, 2020 9:00 AM ET

By 2050, over two-thirds of the world’s population will live in urban areas. However, water and sanitation services are often unable to keep pace with population growth in rapidly urbanizing cities, leading to deteriorating health conditions.

Uganda is no exception. The country’s urban population is expected to nearly double between 2018 and 2050, putting significant strain on the country’s sanitation infrastructure. At present, only 2% of the 1.8 million urban Ugandan households are connected to a sewer line, with the others relying on on-site sanitation facilities such as septic or pit toilets.

This article provides in-depth details of the challenges faced by private pit emptiers, based on FSG field research and interviews.

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