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.
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.
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.