Electronic sensor taps vs. manual taps

The battle between electronic sensor taps and manual taps has long raged. As water becomes scarcer and health benefits become more important, electronic sensor taps stream ahead. We compare the two in terms of cross-contamination, hygiene and maintenance to see which technology comes out tops.

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The dismal state of sanitation in SA’s schools

By: Equal Education and the Gauteng Education Crisis Coalition

The standard of sanitation in South Africa’s schools has reached dangerously low levels. So two advocacy groups conducted an audit to find out exactly what needs to be done

In March and April of this year, Equal Education (EE) and the Gauteng Education Crisis Coalition (GECC) conducted a social audit on the school conditions of 200 000 students in more than 200 schools in over 20 different communities in Gauteng, representing 10% of township schools.

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National standards for drinking water treatment chemicals

By: Wilson John and Deborah Trollip for the Water Research Commission

The Water Research Commission investigates South Africa’s national standards for drinking water treatment chemicals

The production of safe drinking water in bulk is vital to sustain livelihoods. However, there have been numerous examples worldwide, in the recent past, of poor water quality impacting adversely on human health.

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Upscaling dry sanitation technologies in the African continent

The sanitation challenge is not unique to South Africa but affects the whole African continent. As such, research teams have realised the need to jointly develop local capacity and solutions for faecal sludge management. The Water Research Commission (WRC) reviews recent research initiatives uniting the continent in solving the sanitation challenge.

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The solution to the world’s water crisis is … a toilet

South Africa’s water and sanitation minister, Nomvula Makonyane, is championing a sanitation revelation with her “It’s not all about flushing” approach to the sanitation problems plaguing many South Africans. She, however, is not the only one searching for an alternative to the traditional flush-toilets that waste so much of our most precious resource: water.

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Public toilet with biogas plant and water kiosk

By: Sustainable Sanitation Alliance

The following case study of sustainable sanitation projects investigates the installation of public toilets with a biogas plant and water kiosk in Kenya. This project, to be constructed in the Naivasha bus park in Naivasha, Kenya, was an urban pilot and demonstration project.

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