In an effort to address high cases of continued open defecation, in peri-urban and rural communities, the government announced a move to use Eaziflush sanitation technology in waste management.
The technology uses two litres of water per flush compared to seven to nine litres used by conventional systems in most urban areas.
Speaking at a post-cabinet media briefing, Information Minister Monica Mutsvangwa said the government was implementing alternative sources to deal with the issue of open defecation.
“Government wishes to get rid of open-pit latrines, implement alternative innovations suitable for transforming rural and urban communities with respect to the provision of water and improved sanitation.”
Reports by the Zimbabwe Vulnerability Assessment Committee (ZIMVAC) said open defecation in all provinces was prevalent with Matabeleland north being the highest cases. ZIMVAC report recorded Binga and Tsholotsho at 59,5%, both in Matabeleland north.
“The government is taking a deliberate position to provide modernly sustainable and affordable infrastructure in both rural and urban communities.
Eaziflush provides a suitable, safe, reliable, private protected from weather and keeps smells to the minimum. The technology eases the risk of spread of water-borne diseases such as cholera as the toilet can be connected to an existing piped sewer network or operate as a pour-flush or low flush toilet in areas with no piped water.
Mutsvangwa added that the cabinet is pleased to inform the nation that some innovation has been developed and the program may be funded through the schools’ development associations, the constituency development fund, devolution funds, or donor participation.