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Zimbabwe Govt Bans Open Defecation, Pit Latrines and Blair Toilets

Zimbabwe Govt Bans Open Defecation, Pit Latrines and Blair Toilets


Zimbabwe Bans Open Defecation, Pit Latrines and Blair Toilets

Zimbabwe Bans Open Defecation, Pit Latrines and Blair Toilets

 

The government of Zimbabwe has banned the use of pit latrines, Blair toilets and the practice of open defecation as it seeks to modernise waste disposal across the country.

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The ban was announced by the Minister of National Housing and Social Amenities Daniel Garwe. The Minister said that the government has launched a programme to replace pit latrines and Blair toilets with a new flush model which has specifically been designed for rural areas.

Speaking to the state-owned daily The Herald, Minister Garwe said,

“Government has banned the use of the outdated pit latrines, Blair and open defecation replacing them with a new flushable model which is affordable and suitable for the rural system.

“Unlike the urban flush system which uses nine litres of water the new system only requires two litres for flushing. The new flush system is also cost-effective as it uses existing infrastructure allaying the fears of possible demolitions on the toilets being used.”

Zimbabwe Government Bans Open Defecation, Pit Latrines and Blair Toilets

Minister Garwe also said that the government has already started replacing pit latrines and Blair toilets at rural schools and clinics across the country.

However, the Minister is yet to provide finer details on how the government’s ban on open defecation, pit latrines and Blair toilets will be implemented, given that a significant portion of rural Zimbabwe uses these.

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Zimbabwe Government Bans Open Defecation, Pit Latrines and Blair Toilets
Zimbabwe Government Bans Open Defecation, Pit Latrines and Blair Toilets

 

 

The Blair toilet was introduced in the 1970s and further deployed in the 1980s to improve rural sanitation.

Its design makes use of air currents, a septic tank like pit, over which is built an upper structure with an open light-trap entrance and ventilation pipe from the bottom pit with a fine wire grate to keep out flies but more importantly to trap those entering the toilet hole from flying out towards the light.

It is a significant upgrade on a pit latrine toilet as it is hygienic since flies can not escape from the waste to spread disease. The gases produced by the decomposing waste are redirected outside and the toilet does not smell.

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