WATSAN

 

About the Water and Sanitation Project (WATSAN)
During the first two years of the implementation of LISUP severe constraints in the supply of water were experienced in Drimiopsis and Skoonheid, which affected LISUP’s efforts to enhance food security in the communities by means of irrigated gardening. These constraints were amongst others related to a lack of financial resources and limited organizational capacity amongst project beneficiaries, as well as to capacity constraints in the government. Against this background a Water and Sanitation (WATSAN) project has been implemented concurrently with LISUP in 2009/10, specifically targeting the communities of Drimiopsis and Skoonheid in the Omaheke Region. The WATSAN project will continue for another year (2011) and aims to improve the water and sanitation management systems in Drimiopsis and Skoonheid, with the purpose of ensuring a sustainable and affordable water supply for domestic use and for irrigated crop and livestock production in the two communities. To this effect and to manage the demand for water Drimopsis and Skoonheid in sustainable ways WATSAN comprises four areas of intervention:
1. The introduction of new water pumps in Skoonheid and Drimiopsis that are operated on solar power and can be backed up by the power grid.
2. Harvesting of rain water as an extra source of water to complement the supply of water provide by boreholes.
3. Harvesting and reutilising of grey water. This involves diverting waste water from domestic activities such as laundry, dishwashing and bathing for re-use in back yard gardens. To prevent risks to human health the waste water will not be applied to cultivars in back yards directly, but will reach the root systems of crops through small infiltration ponds.
4. The introduction of dry sanitation as a water-conserving measure.
The WATSAN project not only introduces new technology, but also aims to enhance community based management of the infrastructure and equipment provided. As such, and in line with LISUP’s approach, WATSAN engages representatives of line agencies such as the Regional Council, the Ministry of Lands and Resettlement, the Ministry of Works and Transport, and the Department of Water Supply and Sanitation Coordination to set up the required systems and processes in collaboration with the beneficiary communities.

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