Shared sanitation: a solution for crowded low-income communities?

How to effectively provide sanitation in fast-growing slums and informal settlements is a growing problem worldwide. Ultimately, everyone deserves a toilet in every household – but in crowded slums, there frequently isn’t even the space for this to be a viable option.

High-quality shared sanitation can be the answer, providing residents with clean, well-designed and well-maintained spaces.

Shared sanitation in DhakaBlog: July 2017 – Shared toilets as the path to health and dignity

Extending city water networks into low-income communities

In many cities, residents without a reliable connection to the city water network may have to queue for hours to buy potentially unsafe water from an illegal water vendor, or untreated water from a local hand-dug well.

By building the capacity of city utilities to extend water services into all parts of a city, we can improve people’s health, free up their time, and enable them to work or go to school.

Mahasolo from AntananarivoBlog: October 2017 – Partnering for healthier cities – increasing water access in Madagascar

Reducing the environmental impact of cities

Poor treatment of wastewater in urban areas has a devastating impact on the environment: contaminating water supplies, which in turn leads to harmful bacteria spreading onto agriculture, and people’s health being severely affected.

Given that sewers can often only cover 10-20% of a city, we need to find new ways to manage waste from toilets – ensuring it can be safely collected and treated.

Blog: November 2018 – The devastating impact of poor wastewater management