About us

Sanitation First was started as Wherever the Need in the United Kingdom in 1997. In India, it is registered as Wherever the Need India Services (popularly known as WTN) a not-for-profit Sec 8 company, providing sustainable non-sewered sanitation solutions over the last eleven years through individual, community, school and urban and semi-urban slum projects.

Our Vision

A world where everyone has access to clean, safe and sustainable sanitation

Our Mission

To promote sustainable non-sewered sanitation for better health, hygiene and savings

To ensure safety, privacy and dignity for women and girls in resource constrained settings.

To save scarce water resources for drinking

To prevent untreated waste from entering the environment or polluting water sources

To facilitate effective recovery of resources and recycle them to enrich the soil

To provide innovative yet economic technologies for sanitation, waste management & MHM

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Why Non-sewered sanitation?​

Sanitation First firmly believe in promoting environmentally sustainable sanitation, that not only saves scarce water resources for drinking, but also enables either safe and efficient disposal of waste or facilitates full recovery of resources.

The Swachh Bharat Mission, India’s flagship programme for making the country Open Defecation Free by October 2019, has put an additional 8.7 crore toilets for use of the public as of October 2018. This means the nation must manage the solid and liquid waste of this additional volume in a quick, cost effective, inclusive and sustainable manner.

EcoSan, Dewats or container-based sanitation systems are easy to install, low-tech, cost effective and environmentally friendly. While in flush toilets, an individual uses almost 15 litres in a day, these toilets do not require more than three litres in all in a day. Additionally, there is zero risk of any untreated waste entering the environment or polluting water sources.

The huge expenditure that the Government must incur in providing underground drainage, sewage treatment plants, and regular maintenance of public toilets can greatly be saved in the case of non-sewered sanitation. Moreover, the resources recovered are easily and safely converted into compost and liquid fertilizer which not only bring the operating costs to zero but also ensure that the waste is effectively recycled to go back and enrich the soil. Further, the huge investment that the Government makes on production of chemical fertilisers can greatly be reduced through resource recovery.

Our Work

Sanitation First works in villages, schools and urban slums, providing the poorest of the poor communities’ appropriate sanitation for their needs.

GroFam(Family EcoSan)

Sanitation First has so far built over 3000 individual household EcoSan toilets. 

GroFil(DEWATS)

In communities and schools where resource recovery is either not logistically

GroEdu(School EcoSan)

Sanitation First firmly believes that access to adequate and clean sanitation 

Hygiene Education

For behavioral change to be permanent and sustainable, training

GroSan(Container Based EcoSan)

Sanitation First has developed the unique container based semi-permanent 

Agricultural & Water Management

Sanitation First has been investing in continuous R & D on its technology

Partnerships and Affiliations​