+ Site Statistics
+ Search Articles
+ PDF Full Text Service
How our service works
Request PDF Full Text
+ Follow Us
Follow on Facebook
Follow on Twitter
Follow on LinkedIn
+ Subscribe to Site Feeds
Most Shared
PDF Full Text
+ Translate
+ Recently Requested

Community-focused greywater management in two informal settlements in South Africa

Community-focused greywater management in two informal settlements in South Africa

Water Science and Technology 59(12): 2341-2350

South Africa is struggling to provide services to the millions of poor people migrating to the major centres and living in informal settlements (shanty towns). Whilst the local authorities are generally able to provide potable water from the municipal network to communal taps scattered around the settlements, there is usually inadequate provision of sanitation and little or no provision for the drainage of either stormwater or greywater. This paper describes an investigation into ways of engaging with community structures in the settlements with a view to encouraging "self-help" solutions to greywater management requiring minimal capital investment as an interim "crisis" solution until such time that local and national government is able to provide formal services to everyone. The work was carried out in three settlements encompassing a range of different conditions. Only two are described here. It has become clear that the management of greywater has a low priority amongst the residents of informal settlements. The lack of effective political structures and the breakdown in communication with Ward Councillors and local government officials have contributed to the lack of progress. As the project progressed it became evident that greywater cannot be considered separately from stormwater, sanitation and refuse removal.

Please choose payment method:

(PDF emailed within 0-6 h: $19.90)

Accession: 052205718

Download citation: RISBibTeXText

PMID: 19542639

DOI: 10.2166/wst.2009.294

Related references

Greywater management in dense, informal settlements in South Africa. WRC Report (767/1/01): ix + 57 pp., 2001

Approaching community-level greywater management in non-sewered settlements in South Africa. Proceedings Of The 33rd Wedc International Conference: Global Partnerships And Local Actions, Accra, Ghana,: 50-153, 2008

Land rights for informal settlements: community control and the single point cadastre in South Africa. Land rights for informal settlements: community control and the single point cadastre in South Africa: 24 pp., 1997

The use and disposal of greywater in the non-sewered areas of South Africa: Part 2 - Greywater management options. Water SA 33(4): 433-441, 2007

Immunisation status in informal settlements in South Africa. Medical Science Research 23(4): 287, 1995

Food insecurity in households in informal settlements in urban South Africa. South African Medical Journal 105(4): 268-270, 2015

Urban farming in the informal settlements of Atteridgeville, Pretoria, South Africa. Water SA 33(3): 337-342, 2007

Overcoming the disjunctures: competing discourses on informal settlements in South Africa. International Development Planning Review 39(4): 443-459, 2017

The MobiSan approach: informal settlements of Cape Town, South Africa. Water Science and Technology 61(12): 3078-3090, 2010

Upgrading Informal Settlements in South Africa: Policy, Rhetoric and what Residents really Value. Housing Studies 24(3): 333-354, 2009

The safety of high density informal settlements on the dolomites of South Africa. Proceedings - Multidisciplinary Conference on Sinkholes and the Engineering and Environmental Impacts of Karsts 4: 291-294, 1993

Informal settlements as point sources of pollution in rivers in the western Cape, South Africa. 2005

'Men value their dignity': securing respect and identity construction in urban informal settlements in South Africa. Global Health Action 7: 23676, 2014

Metal contamination of river systems associated with informal settlements in the Western Cape, South Africa. 2005

Burns and fires in South Africa's informal settlements: Have approved kerosene stoves improved safety?. Burns 44(4): 969-979, 2018