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Sustainable options for community-level management of greywater in settlements without on-site waterborne sanitation
Expanded Title:One of the main objectives of this study was to deliver low-cost, environmentally friendly greywater technologies, and to ensure that in so doing there was collaboration and genuine co-operation at all phases including reflexive learning and modification of these options. The process and results were disappointing, attributed to the fact that the devices installed became dysfunctional in a matter of weeks, and also, that ‘on the ground’ social structures in both the primary research sites were weak. It appears that a PAR methodology is not going to deliver solutions without adequate commitment from the local authorities and also that intense attention and effort is needed for developing the capacity of the users of greywater and sanitation technologies to manage both their use of those technologies and their relationships with local authority officials. Local authorities remain critical agents of local level social change, and should increasingly be positioned and resourced so that they can build their own capacity alongside that which inheres in well-functioning, truly representative local social structures such as street and block committees. At present it appears that neither the scope for alternative service approaches nor the opportunities for community-based participation in technical options for greywater management currently exist in informal settlements.
Date Published:01/04/2011
Document Type:Research Report
Document Subjects:Wastewater Management - Domestic
Document Keywords:Rural, Urban and Peri-Urban, Water Quality, Grey Water
Document Format:Report
Document File Type:pdf
Research Report Type:Standard
WRC Report No:1654/1/11
ISBN No:978-1-4312-0107-5
Authors:Winter K; Spiegel A; Armitage N; Carden K
Project Leader:Winter K
Project No:K5/1654
Originator:WRC
Organizations:Department of Civil Engineering, University of Cape Town
Document Size:10 308 KB
Attachments:Executive Summary of 1654.pdf
Table of Content for 1654.pdf
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