Tourist cottages in the Arctic: Possibilities of wastewater treatment

Ragnhildur Gunnarsdottir, Thomas Ingeman-Nielsen, Petter Deinboll Jenssen, Arne Villumsen

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The sanitary situation in the cottages in the area around Sisimiut and on the recommended route for wanderers between Sisimiut and Kangerlussuaq needs to be improved. Today there are toilets in 7 out of a total of 27 cottages. Open defecation is the general practice, and for the cottages with toilets problems with hygienically and environmentally safe disposal of the excreta exist. The current situation is unacceptable from a health and sanitary point of view. There are several factors that have to be taken into consideration when planning wastewater treatment in cold regions, one of them being changes in climate and thereby also changes of permafrost, which can be a serious problem. Geological and logistical aspects will also have to be taken into consideration, and they vary dependent on the location of each cottage.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTourist Cottages and Climate Change
Number of pages53
Place of PublicationCopenhagen
PublisherThe Arctic Technology Centre,Department of Civil Engineering
Publication date2009
ISBN (Print)9788778772855
Publication statusPublished - 2009
EventARTEK Event 2009: Tourist Cottages and Climate Change: How Greenland can prevent and adapt to climate change - Sisimiut, Greenland
Duration: 11 Aug 200913 Aug 2009


ConferenceARTEK Event 2009: Tourist Cottages and Climate Change


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