Informal settlements to get 'VIP' toilets

14 June 2018 - 16:55 By Penwell Dlamini
One of the new Ventilated Improved Pit (VIP) toilets being provided to residents at informal settlements in Johannesburg.
One of the new Ventilated Improved Pit (VIP) toilets being provided to residents at informal settlements in Johannesburg.
Image: Johannesburg Water

Johannesburg Water plans to spend R21-million installing “VIP toilets” at informal settlements in the southern parts of the city.

Nico de Jager‚ Joburg MMC for environment and infrastructure services‚ said on Thursday that the target for this financial year was to install 2‚290 Ventilated Improved Pit (VIP) toilets in various informal settlements around the city.

Johannesburg Water has started installing 400 of them in Drieziek Ext 5 and will be moving to Lawley to install 500‚ 420 in Meriting and ablution blocks in the Zamimpilo informal settlement.

“These VIP toilets will be replacing the old chemical toilets that the residents were using‚ where they shared one chemical toilet amongst seven households. These chemical toilets needed to be de-sludged on a daily basis‚ they did not have ventilation and were not easy to use for children‚” he said.

“VIP toilets are installed in each household‚ they come with a ventilation system which assists with reducing odour. A hole that is 1.2 metres deep is dug before the toilet is installed to ensure that the toilet does not need to be de-sludged on a daily basis. In fact it can take up to a year before a VIP toilet needs to be de-sludged depending how many people live in that household.

These toilets also come with a potty seat that is suitable for children to use‚ a hand-washing basin and users are able to lock the toilet after each use for security.”

He added that before a project was handed over to a community‚ Johannesburg Water would teach residents about the proper use of the new sanitation facilities.

“These concrete slab structures‚ will provide dignity and improve the lives of these residents. Johannesburg Water is committed to provide quality water and sanitation services to all and we hope members of the communities will protect the infrastructure provided and ensure its longevity‚” said De Jager.

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