20.2.3  Maintenance of pit latrines

Pit latrines must be properly maintained to function properly. You should advise families to keep the squatting or standing surface clean and dry. This will help to prevent pathogen/disease transmission and limit odours.

If the pit has been dug to an appropriate size for the number of users, then it may never become full. The liquid will drain into the soil and the solid waste will slowly decompose so the volume remains stable.

20.2.2  Siting, designing and constructing a pit latrine

20.3  Ventilated improved pit (VIP) latrine