Centre for Advanced Sanitation Solutions (CASS)

Centre for Advanced Sanitation Solutions (CASS) is a unique institution to disseminate knowledge and promote sustainable sanitation solutions in South Asia. It offers entire range of knowledge and skills required for the implementation of integrated sanitation solutions such as technical know-how for designing toilets, wastewater treatment systems, drainage systems, solid waste management and drinking water source protection. Social support measures include health and hygiene education, community-based participatory planning tools as well as project management related aspects. For town and city managers, CASS offers planning support for city- and town-wide sanitation programmes. All components of sanitation are under one roof.  

CASS is a joint initiative of Consortium for DEWATS Dissemination (CDD) Society, Bangalore, Rajiv Gandhi Rural Housing Corporation Limited (RGRHCL), Bangalore and Bremen Overseas Research and Development Association (BORDA), Germany. CASS consists of five specialised units:

  1. Exhibition unit displays all sanitation infrastructure elements which are not showcased in ordinary sanitary warehouses. Basic ecological, social and health related interdependencies are presented in an uncomplicated way to assimilate and learn. The exhibited sanitation systems play a key role as training tool for specialised sanitation training. The focus of the exhibition is on objects that the visitor usually does not see. They will be showcased as real objects or through films, models, photos and illustrative charts.  
  2. Training unit for capacity building courses with world class facilities which caters to the different knowledge and skill transfers (equipment, practical tools, audio-visual aid, computer, skill teaching aids, etc.) Capacity building targets all professionals involved in the provision of sanitation related basic needs services such as project managers, engineers, social scientists/workers, site supervisors, masons, plumbers, sanitation workers as well as monitoring specialists.
  3. Research and Development (R&D) unit has facilities for applied research and development of sanitation solutions (including analytical lab). Customer requests for changes, improvements or simplification requirements are directly addressed in this unit. The R&D activities are used as teaching aids and support the courses of the training unit. Through its relation with different educational institutions, the R&D unit enriches the regular academic curriculum with sanitation topics and provides opportunities for research scholars.  
  4. Knowledge and Information Management unit for information and subject-related documentation with a library contributing to awareness generation. This unit has relevant literature and databases (physical and electronic), links to relevant knowledge platforms, access to research databases, pool of sanitation experts and implementation agencies. This unit is operated and continuously upgraded by a core team of sanitation specialists through ongoing networking with subject matter experts worldwide. It acts as a key support for the training and R&D unit.
  5. Design and Applied Training unit for practical skill upgradation. This unit offers practical training workshops on construction methodologies and testing of appropriate materials and components.  This unit develops, tests and evaluates prototypes of sanitation elements, e.g. pre-fabrication of critical construction parts, testing of prefabricated modules from different providers, etc. to accelerate up-scaling of most promising sanitation options. This unit is also strongly linked to the training and R&D unit.