- Diepsloot, on the edge of Johannesburg - South Africa, has over 250,000 residents living in tin shacks. There is little electricity and only public toilets and water points.
- Progress was made from the first day of the project. Water stop valves allow future maintenance + meters + new cisterns, pans and taps.
- The collaboration between the local group WASSUP and the two WorldSkill plumbing champions was supported by Sticky Situations and Healthabitat
- Saving water through toilet and tap point improvement. In the first 15 days over 300,000 litres was saved in the 10 improved toilets compared to the control group.
- After one month - before (far left) and improvements including water stop valves and meters, new cisterns & pans, washing tubs, taps, drainage, wall repair, painting & new doors.
- After 6 months - see the difference. Before (left) and after (right)
Background to the Diepsloot Sanitation Project, Johannesburg, South Africa
In mid 2013, a submission to make some small improvements to a part of Diepsloot was assembled by Healthabitat, Sticky Situations and WASSUP and was subsequently supported by the WorldSkills Foundation.
This support included funds for the upgrade and monitoring of 20 toilets and the assistance of two WorldSkills trades for 10 days during the construction phase of the project and a WorldSkill co-ordinator in Australia.
The work is also supported by the International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO), RMIT (Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology - Australia) and the World Plumbing Council.
The project aims to improve the health of the residents and reduce the ongoing maintenance work for the local WASSUP team by upgrading 10 toilets, taps and drains and installing better hardware. Ten more toilets will be monitored to compare their performance to the improved toilets.
Using water use data to prove the effectiveness of the work, means future works can be extended to cover the 120 toilets currently maintained by WASSUP and then further work to other areas of Diepsloot.
Healthabitat’s contribution to the project, so far, has included:
- December 2013- A Diepsloot Sanitation Project scoping / walk around with WASSUP to document local knowledge and issues, to better understand the maintenance problems, the need to make simple reports for local government, design discussions to find better solutions developing the methods for ongoing evaluation and communication of work completed.
- February 2014 - The Diepsloot Sanitation Workshop was held in Sydney with 30 participants to test ideas developed during the December visit..
- March 2014 - Construction co-ordination of the on site works in Diepsloot.
- April 2015 - Construction works on site in Diepsloot upgraded 26 toilets, water points and wastewater collection points.