Before the creation of this water kiosk, we had to fetch water from a well, located far west of our community. It was not clean, so we either had to have the water treated or boiled before drinking. Now, thanks to this water kiosk, that problem is solved, and we have safe water nearby our home.
Key activities in Antananarivo
Improving water management
We’re working with JIRAMA to help reduce water loss caused by theft, leakage and inefficient billing and payment collections. We’re also helping JIRAMA regulate water pressure and control the flow. This will allow the systems to be better managed and increase the amount of water for customers, particularly those in low-income communities.
Helping establish a low-income customer unit within JIRAMA
We’ve helped many residents in Antananarivo gain access to clean, secure and legal water by supporting the establishment of a low-income customer unit. We’ve also supported this team within JIRAMA and helped establish systems for payment collection. This has enabled JIRAMA to increase both its income and customer base.
In addition, WSUP is supporting the augmentation of water supply to the city, by supporting JIRAMA with the provision of specialist hydraulic equipment.
Supporting community facilities
Community-managed water kiosks in low-income communities allow residents to buy convenient, safe and affordable water, and some communities have used their profits to build more kiosks. We support all of this through building the capacity of relevant partners, mobilising the community, helping establish a water user association, working with JIRAMA, and supporting a management contract with the relevant commune.
Community laundry blocks are playing a significant role in increasing women’s independence. Residents can collect water and wash their family’s clothes, and many women also use the laundry to earn extra money by offering a washing service to others. This increases their income and can make a big difference to the quality of life for the women and their families.
Community groups are also using revenues from water kiosks and other local sources to finance drainage cleaning teams, critical to public health. The initiative was set up in 2009 and has since spread across the city.
Promoting school sanitation
We have worked with 62 schools in Antananarivo where our interventions are much more than just toilets, also promoting institution wide behaviour change for improved hygiene practices and long-term operation and maintenance. Toilet design is an important part of the intervention and we are piloting ways to improve current designs, improving accessibility, facilitating dignified menstrual hygiene management and reducing costs.
Improving sanitation across the city
In 2017, we started to establish a supply chain for locally produced concrete slabs and are trialling the introduction of new products to the market, working through community-based organisations and hardware stores. We’re currently piloting approaches to move household toilet construction into viable sanitation businesses.
We’re also working closely with Government and local actors to develop public-private partnership approaches for public shared sanitation, specifically how to scale it up in peri-urban areas.
WSUP is supporting the operation of a decentralized treatment site, including working to provide safe and effective pit emptying services in the local area.
WSUP support to enhance knowledge on the legal framework has strengthened our commitment and conviction to properly ensure our regulatory role for better WASH services in the Commune.
Key partners in Antananarivo
JIRAMA, the national water and electricity utility mandated to provide water and electricity throughout Madagascar.
The Mayor and the staff of the Urban Commune of Antananarivo, responsible for developing a water and sanitation strategy for their commune.
The Mayors and staff of the peri-urban communes of Greater Antananarivo, responsible for developing a water and sanitation strategy for their commune.
The Ministry of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene and the Regional Directorate for Analamanga Region, responsible for the provision of water and sanitation services.
Service Autonome de Maintenance de la Ville d’Antananarivo (SAMVA), a semi-autonomous municipal government organisation operating waste treatment sites in Antananarivo.