Huge relief as UK initiative brings 60 toilets to Buguruni residents

27Sep 2016
Crispin Gerald
The Guardian
Huge relief as UK initiative brings 60 toilets to Buguruni residents

NEARLY 100 Buguruni residents are set to benefit from more than 60 modern toilets in a project aimed at improving sanitation infrastructure to control regular outbreaks of diseases including cholera.

DC- SOPHIA MJEMA

The project implemented by Cambridge Development Initiative (CDI), a student-led engineering organization based in the UK, is objectively working to provide sanitation solutions to the problem posed by the widespread use of pit latrines in urban areas.

CDI Engineering project director in Tanzania, John Rutahiwa, told The Guardian that the 60 modern toilets will be implemented in the second phase of the project expected to start at the end of this year.

The project also involves the installation of a simplified sewerage network for the manufacture of fertilizer and gas.

“In the two the next two months we expect to start manufacturing gas in the area using waste from toilets,” he said, adding that they were targeting about 1,000 residents in the area.

“We have decided to implement the project mainly to help resident avoid poor health conditions that they have been experiencing due to the absence of sewerage systems to control dirty water from the toilets,” the director explained.

“The first phase of the project has managed to connect 300 people in the area to a working sewerage system since 2014,” Rutahiwa said.

According to him, they are planning to extend the sanitation system by introducing the Evapo Dryer, an innovative solar concentration, designed to produce fertilizer as a byproduct of the network.

For her part, Ilala District Commissioner Sophia Mjema said the project was important to residents in the area who regularly experienced an outbreak of many diseases due to lack of a proper sewerage system to channel dirty water to a specified area.

“We welcome the project as it helps residents to access energy through gas which is expected to be manufactured from the area; it is a great achievement as it will lower the cost of energy for individuals,” said the Ilala DC.

She argued residents to respect and take care of the project to enable it last long.
For his part, the chairman of Mnyamani area, Rahim Gassi, said the project was helping to reduce a possible outbreak of the diseases, including cholera, in the area which lacks a proper sewerage system.

“The project has enabled the residents in the areas to have access to energy through the manufacturing of gas by using toilets dust in the area,” he said.

“The project has transformed the environment by providing high quality hygiene conditions safe from diseases,” Gassi said.