NWASCO appeals for practice of good sanitation in the country, “Leaving no one behind, toilets for all”

THE National Water Supply and Sanitation Council (NWASCO) has called for concerted efforts by all stakeholders in the sanitation service chain to ensure safe and proper disposal of waste water and faecal sludge in the country.
The National Water and Sanitation regulator observes that there is increased need for safely managed sanitation in the entire sanitation service chain across the country.
The observation comes as the country commemorates the “World Toilet Day” which falls on November 19th whose theme is “Leaving no one behind, toilets for all”
NWASCO Director Kelvin Chitumbo noted that poorly built sanitation facilities are a risk to health as they pollute the groundwater adding that the public have the responsibility to guarantee proper facilities especially in communities they live in.
“There is need for safe disposal of faecal matter beginning at household level in the toilets all the way through the service chain” Mr Chitumbo observed.
The sanitation service chain comprises toilets which include interfaces and containments such as urinals, pit latrines and septic tanks, emptying, transportation, treatment and disposal/reuse. Currently, according to 2017 Joint Monitoring Program Report only 49% and 19% of urban and rural areas population respectively have access to at least basic sanitation. Further, the report indicated that open defecation was 25% and 1% in rural and urban areas respectively. While only 47% make use of the sewerage network countrywide in the urban areas according to 2018 NWASCO Sector Report with the Capital City Lusaka having less than 15%.
The NWASCO director added that although a proper toilet is often regarded as an individual responsibility, it cannot be dealt with in isolation as once contamination occurs in any part of the service chain, could result in a disaster.
“As a regulator, NWASCO is anxious to see that there is increased number of the public accessing adequate sanitation if diarrheal diseases are to be controlled particularly in young children”, Mr Chitumbo said
The NWASCO regulates 11 Commercial Utilities and 5 Private Schemes. Under the Water Supply and Sanitation Act No. 28 of 1997, it entails water supply and sanitation (WSS) providers to provide efficient, affordable and sustainable services within their service areas.
This is according to a press statement issued by Patricia Littiya, Public Relations & Communications Manager for NWASCO.

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