WaterAid has signed funding agreements with the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) for two WASH projects in Bangladesh.
Photo: WaterAid/ Abir Abdullah & ASM Shafiqur Rahman
SDC and WaterAid signed a grant agreement on 30 November 2011 for a 316 million Taka (US$ 3.84 million) three year rural WASH programme. SDC will provide 265.5 million Taka (US$ 3.23 million), and WaterAid the rest. If successful, SDC will extend support for another 3 years.
Most of the funding will go the ‘Promotion of water supply, sanitation and hygiene in hard -to-reach areas of rural Bangladesh’ project, which aims to provide safe drinking water to 500,000 rural people, latrines to 1.3 million and hygiene education to another 1 million people. WaterAid’s inclusion and climate change programmes will also benefit.
Organised by the World Toilet Organization and Government of Hainan Province, the theme of the 2011 World Toilet Summit is “Toilet Civilization: Health, Tourism, and Quality of Life”.
The Summit will be held in conjunction with 2011 World Toilet & Bathroom Equipment Exhibition
- WTO Toilet Design Competition Presentation
- Launch of International Code Council Guidelines on Public Toilets
- Launch of World Excellence Public Toilet
- Presentations on public toilet design and maintenance, toilets and public transport, African school toilets, urban sanitation, sanitation in slums, sanitation as a business, domestic toilets, and waste recycling
- Launch of the construction of the new World Toilet Museum
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To register and for more information go the Summit web site
6 October 2011, Day 21 of Occupy Wall Street.. Photo: David Shankbone / Wikimedia
Protesters participating in the Occupy Wall Street demonstration in New York have constructed a greywater treatment system to recycle dishwater contaminants. The filtered water is used for the plants and flowers in Zuccotti Park where the protesters have their base camp.
The Wikipedia entry on Occupy Wall Street has a separate section on sanitation, which was becoming a “growing concern” according to the owners of Zuccotti Park, Brookfield Office Properties. “Sanitary conditions have reached unacceptable levels”, they said, claiming that protesters were refusing to cooperate to clean up the park since their arrival on 17 September 2011. The protesters do, however, have a “sanitation working group” that sweeps and picks up garbage. In a comment on the Occupy Wall Street forum, one user said:
The Brookfield statement explains that they usually hose down the plaza and they have not been able to since the protestors are there. That’s about the only thing the protest is preventing.
Members of the OWS Sanitation Working Group. Photo: @wesupportoccupy / Twitpic
In a report on the popular US satirical programme the Daily Show, owners of nearby restaurants and delis voiced their irritation among the growing number of protesters using their toilets.
Source: Wikipedia – Occupy Wall Street ; FoxNews.com: Zucotti Park (User Submitted), OccupyWallStreet Forum, 07 Oct 2011 ; John Del Signore, Gothamist, 07 Oct 2011
There are only 714 public toilets in Chennai, the capital of Tamil Nadu, for a population of close to 5 million. Despite evident need, there is low usage of toilets by women and children, according to a survey of 49 public toilets in Zone 4 by Transparent Chennai.
Public toilet in Ayanavaram, Foxen Street, Zone 4, Division No:53, used by slum dwellers. There are frequent blocks, infrastructure is broken and the surroundings are dirty. There is no running water and insufficient lighting. People are also found drinking in the premises. Photo: Transparent Chennai
The toilets in the survey were often poorly maintained, locked at night, charged user fees through a process of what appears to be informal privatisation, and were located away from areas of greatest need, such as market areas, bus stops, areas with heavy pedestrian traffic, informal workplaces, and undeveloped slums.
A government girls’ school in Ernakulam, Kerala, will soon be the first school in the country to get an electronic public toilet.
This is part of the suchi@school (Sustainable Comprehensive Hygiene Initiative) project, an initiative of local CPI (M) Member of Parliament comrade P. Rajeev. The project aims to ensure adequate sanitation facilities – toilets and urinals – in all government and government-aided schools in Ernakulam district.
A number of schools will be fitted with e-toilets, which have automatic doors and will self-clean after each use. Where water is scarce, recycling units using biomembrane reactors will be installed.
There are also plans for installing electronic sanitary napkin disposal systems.
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Local youngsters practise at Shivaji Park, November 14, 2008 | Cricket Photo | ESPN Cricinfo
Azad Maidan, Cross Maidan, Oval Maidan and Shivaji Park. On these “maidans” or public parks of Mumbai, some of India’s biggest cricket stars like Sunil Gavaskar, Dilip Vengsarkar, Sandeep Patil, Ravi Shastri, Sanjay Manjrekar and Sachin Tendulkar started their careers. Mumbai has 211 maidan cricket clubs.
For decades the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) has been fighting to equip the city’s maidans with basic facilties: toilets and drinking water. The problem is that many of these grounds are heritage sites with strict rules about any developments on them.
The authorities are not “ready to listen to anything”, lamented MCA treasurer Prof Ratnakar Shetty. The government suggested using mobile toilets, but Shetty that was not a practical solution. Not even political heavy-weights cum cricket officials like government ministers Sharad Pawar and Vilasrao Deshmukh have been able to help out it seems.
Former Indian cricket captain Dilip Vengsarkar too vented his frustration with the inflexibility of the heritage committee.
“We have been told that cricketers should use toilets at nearby stations. Is it possible for a cricketer padded up to go to urinate at stations?” asked Vengsarkar.
Read more about Mumbai’s cricket culture in:
Deepika Sorabjee, Mumbai’s maidans: Former birthplaces of India’s cricket gods, CNNGo.com, 01 Oct 2010
Source: Harit N Joshi, Mid Day, 16 Jul 2011