Project on water and sanitation conditions in Abasha and Akhaltsikhe municipalities promotes safer conditions for all, starting with sustainable toilet solutions
The project "safe and sanitary conditions for sustainable development in Abasha and Akhaltsikhe municipalities” has helped 15 families build a modern urine-diverting dry toilet with the support and collaboration of WECF Georgia, the Greens Movement / Friends of the Earth, and Akhaltsikhe Social Development Center.
June 05, 2019
15 families in Abasha and Akhaltsikhe municipalities have improved sanitary conditions.
Like in most areas of rural Georgia, households in Abasha and Akhaltsikhe municipalities rely on pit latrines for sanitation. These pit latrines are not sealed and contaminate the ground water with pathogens and nitrates. Additionally, they are not protected from insects and overflow during heavy rains. There is no centralized sewage system and the current toilets do not meet the required SDG and WHO targets. They are not comfortable or safe and contribute to rural exodus.
Drinking water in the target villages of Abasha comes from shallow wells and from private small scale water supply systems in Akhaltsikhe. The water is not monitored and heavily polluted with nitrate (Abasha) and bacteria (both regions)
The project "safe and sanitary conditions for sustainable development in Abasha and Akhaltsikhe municipalities” has helped 15 families build a modern urine-diverting dry toilet. The toilet separately collects and stores urine from feces with a special toilet seat, and allows for safe re-use of the products in agriculture.
In order to raise awareness on the problem and possible solutions, seminars and trainings were conducted and educational materials were published. Local authorities participated in a round table and expressed the need to improve the water and sanitation situation in their regions. The beneficiary families were trained on construction, operation, and maintenance of the toilets. They are very content with the toilets because they don’t smell, are clean and hygienic, and are much closer to their homes . Some families build them even inside or attached to their houses.
The urine diverting dry toilets are supported with 100 Euro per household provided by Toilets Without Borders. The beneficiary households should be committed to construct a safe toilet and re-use its products as stipulated by the WHO. The program is to be continued. For more information please contact Rusudan Simonidze or Anna Samwel.
The project "safe and sanitary conditions for sustainable development Abasha and Akhaltsikhe municipalities " is implemented by the Greens Movement / Friends of the Earth and Akhalstikhe Social Development Center in cooperation with Women Engage for a Common Future (WECF) and financially supported by Natracare and Toilets Without Borders.