The Blair Research Laboratory's contributions to the Water Decade
Village-level sanitation programmes in Zimbabwe
The handpump phenomenon
The Zimbabwe Bush Pump
Upgrading family wells in Zimbabwe
Maintenance, the key to handpump survival
The handpump has a vital role to play, but it is essential to continue to work towards finding truly sustainable systems of management.
Zimbabwe's user-friendly Bush Pump
The Zimbabwe Bush Pump last featured in Waterlines in October 1989 (Vol.8, No.2). Already described by more than one commentator as 'a remarkable pump', a great deal of research and development has been carried out over the last six years. What are the results?
Now in my backyard — Zimbabwe's upgraded family well programme
The well programme is a hit with the people, but goes against the government grain. Can an NGO allay the bureaucrats' misgivings that something so simple cannot be serious — and persuade them that offering material subsidies to individual families is the cheap option?
Small steps count — building on traditional methods for rural water supply
All that glitters … can end up as a rusty heap of useless technology. Are we overlooking traditional methods of water provision? Can't something that has stood the test of time cope with some careful improvement?
Ecosan at low cost - with the potential for upgrading
Ecological sanitation has been around in one form or another for many years - though not under that name. The simplest forms require only a shallow pit, a ring beam and a slab, but householders can build upon these basics to create more sophisticated models, if and when they so choose to do.
Teaching ecological sanitation in a school environment in Zimbabwe
Teaching the importance of sanitation and hygiene may be extended to teaching how to build simple toilets. This article describes how primary school children were taught the importance of ecological sanitation for health and for nutrient-enrichment of soils. Under the supervision of teachers, five designs of toilets were constructed, as well as handwashing devices. Urine was collected and used to water maize and other plants on demonstration plots. Local acceptance increased following open days to which local dignitaries and parents were invited.
Teaching schoolchildren about handwashing: Experiences from Zimbabwe
This article describes simple, easy-to-contruct devices that can deliver water for handwashing even when water is in short supply. Together with soap, or ash if soap is unavailable, these devices have been used at home or in schools in Zimbabwe.
Interview: Sanitation in Zimbabwe
Peter Morgan talks to Sue Cavill about ecosanitation; the sanitation ladder; an experimental approach to life; 40 years in Zimbabwe; cross-sectoral working; and what keeps him optimistic.