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Diepsloot comes alive with Community Plumbing Challenge
By Fiona Ingham
Raw sewage runs through the streets of Diepsloot ext 1, where it mixes with garbage. Last year a toddler was reported to have drank sewage water and died.
Having one toilet for 160 people is part of the lot of many of those living in Diepsloot Ext 1.
This, despite the fact that access working, clean and safe toilets is a basic human right. Globally, the Sustainable Development Goals prioritise sanitation and note that due to bad economics and poor infrastructure, every year millions of people, most of them children, “die from diseases associated with inadequate sanitation and hygiene.” The importance of being able to use a working, clean and safe toilet can’t be under-estimated.
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This July, the Community Plumbing Challenge, a unique international skills collaboration, was held in South Africa for the first time. Community Plumbing Challenge 2016 is the second edition of an international programme developed by the International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO) Group in association with World Plumbing Council. The first edition of the programme was presented in Nashik, India last November in collaboration with the Indian Plumbing Association.
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