Resource-Oriented Public Toilets in Developing Countries - Ideas, Design, Operation and Maintenance for Arba Minch, Ethiopia

Drewko, A. (2007)

Published in: 2007

Drewko, A.

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The work discussed here involved drafting a concrete project for a resource-oriented public toilet in the city of Arba Minch, Ethiopia. The city has a poorly established infrastructure, a growing population, and its sanitary situation, solid waste and wastewater management is rather poor. The majority of the town population use dry pit latrines and pit emptying is one of the problematic issues. Most houses use temporary toilets, as they call them due to their poor construction. Also, gorges and jungle sites are potential open defecation areas and solid waste disposal sites. Public toilets are a very important sanitation issue. There are only two public VIP toilets in the city and they are not even present in the vicinity of the markets or bus station. Inadequate access to clean water, poor environmental sanitation and malnutrition are the major factors contributing to problems of water-borne (diarrhea, gastritis) and water-washed (skin) diseases in the city. Thus, apart from other burning problems that the city is facing, the municipality needs help in designing an appropriate public toilet system.

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Drewko, A. (2007). Resource-Oriented Public Toilets in Developing Countries - Ideas, Design, Operation and Maintenance for Arba Minch, Ethiopia.

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