Through working with stakeholders in cities and towns around the globe, we have gained experience in producing SFDs. With this expertise, we have updated the draft versions of the guidance documents. Together with the SFD Graphic Generator (online and offline versions available), these shall enable you to prepare an SFD for your location.

The SFD Manual – Volume 1 and 2 – describes the process followed within the SFD Promotion Initiative (SFD PI) for the production of SFD Graphics and Reports, and includes guidance on how to use the SFD Graphic Generator.  Volume 1 of this Manual is a guide for the data collection and analysis and should be read in conjunction with the accompanying Volume 2.

The SFD Manual – Volume 2 – includes four parts:

. The Volume 2 includes:

  • Part A - Master SFD Graphic

  • Part B - Definitions of SFD Graphic Variables

  • Part C - Definitions of Terms

  • Part D - Sanitation Containment System: SFD Schematics

Download of SFD Manual - Volume 1 and 2 from the SuSanA Library


1. Easy start with the SFD Graphic Generator

2. The recording of the webinar (January 2017) provides you additional information on how to develop an SFD using the existing tools and how to request support from the SFD Helpdesk: 


Download of SFD Manual - Volume 1 and 2 from the SuSanA Library

Download the offline SFD Graphic Generator here: For Windows ; For Mac


The SFD Promotion Initiative has produced all these documents. In case you spot any inconsistency, we will be glad to receive your feedback - sfd(at) 


  • How to prepare a SFD or a Shit Flow Diagram?

    Watch the video on how to prepare an SFD.

  • SFD Offline Graphic Generator

    You can now download SFD offline Graphic Generators for Windows and Mac.

  • SFD PI Update 5

    Check out the latest developments of SFD Promotion Initiative on the SuSanA Forum

  • SFD Manual - Volume 1 and 2 (version 2.0)

    SFD Manual (version 2.0) along with offline Graphic Generator now available.

  • SFD FAQ now available

    Check out the frequently asked questions on SFDs.

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