This is the response to a DEWPoint helpdesk enquiry. The national
regulations and guidelines reported for the safe distance between
latrines and waterpoints for a selection of countries in Africa and Asia
are described. For each country, the relevant policy document is listed,
where it is known, together with the names of any practitioners who were
consulted. It is stressed that following these guidelines does not
guarantee safe drinking water; under certain circumstances the
separation distance recommended will be inadequate. The countries
referred to in the report comprise Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia,
Ghana, India, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Nepal, Nigeria,
Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, South Africa, Tanzania, Timor-Leste, Uganda,
This report was produced by DEW Point, a Resource Centre for
Environment, Water and Sanitation, that was funded by DFID and managed
by a consortium of companies led by Harewelle International Limited. The
Resource Centre closed in 2012.
Parker, A.; Carlier, I. National regulations on the safe distance between latrines and waterpoints. Final Report, December 2009. DEW Point, Blisworth, UK (2009) 6 pp.