Research and Consultancy
ITN Research Activities
ITN-BUET is very selective in setting its research agenda. The emerging sector issues, which not only prevent advancement of water supply and sanitation but also jeopardize the achievements made earlier, are targeted for research and studies. In the Research front, ITN Centre undertakes the following responsibility in the Water Supply and Sanitation sector in the country.
Conduct need-based research and consultancy in appropriate water supply and environmental sanitation;
Advise others on the quality, content and management of research activities;
Disseminate outputs from research and consultancy including journal articles, books and pamphlets, conferences, seminars and workshops and mass media; and
Advise on WSS sector policy and strategy; institutional reform and capacity building.
ITN Centre has undertaken a number of research and development studies in the water, wastewater & sanitation sector. Some of the research projects of ITN are:
Participatory Appraisal on Woman’s Role in Water and Sanitation Practices.
Community Participation-Water Supply and Sanitation in Bangladesh.
Developing a Handy Kit for Detection of Arsenic in Groundwater & Investigating its Removal Methods.
Sanitation Strategies & Technologies in Flood-prone & High Watertable Areas.
Situation Analysis on WSS Sector Research in Bangladesh.
Development of Effective Communication Materials for Use in Rural WSS.
Improving Sanitation for the Low-Income Communities for Sylhet City.
Performance Study of Existing PSFs and Design Modification.
Study on Risk Assessment of Water Supply options for Arsenic Mitigation (RAAMO)
Evaluation of Community Based Arsenic Mitigation through SIDKO Arsenic Removal Plant
Removal of Arsenic from Water by Alum.
Leaching of Arsenic from Wastes of Arsenic Removal System.
Iron & Arsenic Removal Unit.
Field test of modified community-based Iron and Arsenic removal unit under different hydrogeochemical situation
Groundwater Pollution from Onsite Sanitation
Multi-Stage Filtration (MSF) units
Support to Water Safety Plan (WSP) Pilots and WSP Training Materials Development
Sanitation Options for Slums over Water Bodies or in Low-Lying Areas (SOS-WBLA)
Evaluation of a Community Managed WSS Project implemented by DSK-Plan Bangladesh
Feasibility Study of Rainwater Harvesting System in Two Selected Slum Areas as an Alternative Sources of Safe Water
Coping with Arsenicosis: Socio-economic and Gender Response to Arsenic Contamination in Groundwater in Bangladesh
Assessment of the Performance of Modified AIRU Under Different Hydro Geological Conditions.
Appropriate Design of Ecological Sanitation for Bangladesh
Situation Analysis: Institutional Mechanism in Water Supply and Sanitation Interventions in Poor Urban Areas
Waste Pickers’ Livelihoods, Vulnerabilities and Means to Overcome Existing Condition
Removal of Manganese and Arsenic from Groundwater Using Manganese Oxide Coated Sand
Assessing Climate Change Impacts on Surface Water of Bangladesh
Study on Conservation of Water through the Use of Water Efficient Appliances in Dhaka City
Possibility and Scope of Reusing Textile Wash Water Directly or with Minimum Treatment for Pretreatment (Scouring and Bleaching) of Cotton goods
Potential Areas in WSS for Further Researches
A consultation meeting with the sector organizations was organized on 05 March 2007 by ITN-BUET to identify the areas and topics where some important action research can be conducted preferably in collaboration. The potential areas in WSS for further researches are listed below:
Rural Water Supply
Review of different alternative WS options i.e., PSF, DW, RWHS, DTW with a view to enhance their effectiveness. Such as controlling blue green algae of PSF, better construction of DW to make it bacteriologically safe and safer depth for DTWs
Development of possible treatment technology for iron, manganese and arsenic problem areas
Water quality surveillance and monitoring in the interventions of different sector organizations
Development of WSP tools for different context of water supply systems, and
Review of Arsenic kits to enhance its effectiveness
Urban Water Supply
Appropriate institutional arrangement for effective water supply system
Viability of public-private partnership in pourashavas
Reforms needed for sustainability of WSS in pourashavas
Development of WSP tools for different context of water supply systems
Assessment of service life of production well
Identification of appropriate technological options for coastal belt
Artificial recharge of groundwater
Assessment of aquifer capacity, and
Conservation of water
Technical and socio-economic assessment of different sanitation options
Development of appropriate sanitation options in hilly/haor/flood-prone areas
Sludge management technology
Spacing between latrine and hand tube wells
Monitoring the hygienic behaviour, and
Sanitation options for excluded groups, i.e., old, disabled people
Viability of combined sewerage in major cities
Appropriate process and technology of desludging
Appropriate technological option for low-lying areas
Performance assessment of public toilets
Development/reviewing of effective soak wells, and
Resource recovery from Solid waste management
Impact assessment of health outcome
Development of indicators for assessment of behavioural change, and
Provision of subsidy to hardcore poor