Monitoring Sanitation Trucks in Egypt


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GPS and Septage Level Monitoring of Sanitation Trucks in Egpyt




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– problem: villages ‘unconnected’ to official septage and water management systems. Have trucks that are like tractors to pick up setpage. Costs more per household, and trucks, under their own economic pressures, dump it into canals that feed into the Nile.

– Working with the World Bank and Egyptian Government on the Egypt Sustainable Rural Sanitation Services Program (SRSSP)  – a ‘x’ dollar project to connect X amount of villages.

– Developing a monitoring system that tracks the GPS location and liquid level of the septage trucks to prevent illegal dumping into canals that feed the Nile and act as irrigation water for the surrounding farms.

– Goal is to have the system owned and managed by the government.

– tech ‘easier’ part of the solution. Harder is the people. How we’re trying to address that.

– Tech notes: GPS modules means it’s possible to …


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A lot of us take for granted that



The reasons why the trucks do this is manifold.

Villages have created their own infrastructure and many remain

What’s interesting?


GPS modules have gone down in cost meaning that applications that use them are

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What were the constraints …


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Cairo is a As the population grew so quickly, basic infrastructure such as water, waste, and septage couldn’t keep pace. So local villages took things into their own hands.

In Egypt,

That’s how the consultants working with us on the Egypt Sustainable Rural Sanitation Services Program (SRSSP) explained it as we visited the local villages to see the terrain and conditions the devices would be deployed in.

The trucks that



Egypt is split into different governerates.

We later met with the Egyptian Government,

One of the considerations is how to keep the manufacturing costs low and to ensure there’s the local expertise to install and troubleshoot the devices.

However, as with all infrastructure projects, the technology part is relatively straightforward. What’s more difficult is social change.

The project is part of a larger project with the World Bank and Egyptian Government. For more information on the SSRSP, click here.

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