Euroconsult Mott MacDonald helps improve availability of public toilets in Dhaka, Bangladesh

Posted on 3 September 2014


Mott MacDonald has been appointed by the international NGO WaterAid on the Project Sunrise, a public health programme aimed at improving the quality and availability of public toilets in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Dhaka has over 10 million residents but only 60 public toilets. A 2011 WaterAid Bangladesh study found that over half are in poor condition – 35 don’t feature women and child friendly facilities, over 16 are located in unsafe locations, 28 don’t contain a reliable water supply and over 37 toilets are unlit.

Recognising the public health implications of this service gap, WaterAid Bangladesh plans to renovate up to 37 of the existing public toilets and constructs 20 new ones to support the Dhaka North City and Dhaka South City corporations.

Mott MacDonald will prepare engineering, structural, architectural, plumbing and electrical designs, drawings, estimates and bidding documents. The consultancy will also supervise the construction and renovation work.

The public toilets  are modernized and environmentally improved as well. The plan is to install solar panels to reduce overall energy consumption, while rainwater harvesting and green roofs are other ideas explored to make the entire system more sustainable as a whole.

This information is based on a press release by Mott MacDonald.


To improve thequality and availability of public toilets in Dhaka, Bangladesh, in order to enhance the health situation of the inhabitants of Dhaka.


  • renovation of 37 existing public toilets into environmentally improved facilities;
  • construction of 20 new sanitation facilities with solar panels and rain harvesting roofs.


Current status
The project is due to be completed by autumn 2016.

Project location

Project partners

  • Mott MacDonald