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Getting Back to Basics

eThekwini Municipality’s Water and Sanitation Unit is internationally recognised for its research initiatives and advancements in the water sector. The city’s success in this sector paved the way for many learning opportunities for other municipalities within the country, like the Water and Sanitation Master Class which commenced today at Priority Zone.

Interestingly too, Durban’s bad weather didn’t deter enthusiastic municipal officials from touring the various site projects that eThekwini’s Municipality’s Water and Sanitation Unit has undertaken. They found these visits very informative and replicable.

Internationally renowned  Head of the Water and Sanitation Unit, Neil Macleod, set the scene for the three days, reflecting on the international trends and innovations that Durban is sharing with the world. Officials were in awe listening to the work that was being done by the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation, that will change the face of sanitation in the developing world. “We spend so much of our time worrying about improving other systems but we are not interested in reinventing the toilet. The average toilet flushes uses 30% of a house-holds water supply,” mentioned Macleod.

During the afternoon session participants visited the various sites which depict the various innovative projects like the ground tanks, UD toilet system and ablution blocks that eThekwini Municipality has for the community. After the site visits and presentations the officials engaged in an extensive discussion.

Day two of the Master Class is jam packed with informative sessions and exciting site visits. Watch this space for more information and a detailed learning note.


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