Sustainable and energy efficient ablution facility for informal settlements
An ablution block is to be built in the informal settlement of Joe Slovo in an attempt to provide the local community with safe, clean and reliable access to sanitation. This will ensure that the community’s basic needs are met, employment is created through managing the facility and energy dependency is limited. The project also aims to ensure that the relevant stakeholders (NGOs, local government and communities) develop a better understanding of new technology and how it can support financial and environmental sustainability in Joe Slovo and elsewhere in South Africa.
The ablution block will draw from experiences in India and Zimbabwe, where the community there are directly involved in the operation and management of ablution facilities. The community in Joe Slovo will be expected to financially contribute to cover the costs of running and maintaining it.
Grey Green’s involvement in this project was to develop a model for ablution facilities that is not only socially, but financially and environmentally sustainable. We looked to achieve this by using technology to minimise the energy required to heat water as well as the amount of water used.
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