The main objective of this particular workshop was to establish a strategy for the improvement of the sanitation situation thereby contributing to ground water protection.This workshop included professionals in the sector from within and outside of Zambia.
Many institutions were represented , including the Government Ministries, Lusaka Water and Sewerage Company, National Water Supply and Sanitation Council (NWASCO), Devolution Trust Fund (DTF), Lusaka City Council (LCC), National Institute for Scientific and Industrial Research (NISIR), Bremen Overseas Research and Development Association (BORDA), Lusaka District Health Management Team (DHMT),The University of Zambia, Copperbelt University, Department of Water Affairs, Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources Germany (BGR), the Water and Sanitation Association of Zambia and many others.
The workshop involved a number of presentations and Round Table discussions. In addition to facilitating the workshop WASAZA also actively participated by giving a presentation on ECOSAN (Ecological Sanitation).
A WASAZA board member also gave a presentation on Groundwater pollution under the very nose of the law: A case of shallow wells in George township of Lusaka.This stirred a lot of interest as people looked forward to undertaking a field trip there. A field trip was taken to George and Chunga, two peri urban areas in Lusaka, Zambia.
Field Trip to George and Chungu peri-urban areas in Lusaka District, Zambia
A lot of issues were brought forward after the field trip.
Left,a girl fetching drinking water and an unconnected water pipe with running water,
Participants from the different organizations gathered in a round table discussion after the field trip.
With regard to the running water pipe, a member from the Water committee in Chunga compound had this to say:
“This problem has now persisted for a long time not much is being done about it. People are using the same water for washing, drinking and all other things. Community members actually prefer washing from the water point.
A question was therefore raised with regards to the measures the different organizations are doing to solve the problem of water and sanitation.
How do the different organizations work together with regards to water and sanitation?
The Water and Sanitation Association of ZambiaASAZA (W) has many links to NGOs and the general public. One good example is that WASAZA is currently hosting the NGO Water Sanitation and Hygiene Forum (NGO WASH Forum) The NGO WASH Forum is an open group that invites other NGOs active in the Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene sector to participate and learn from each other in order to adopt good practices in the sector. This creates and strengthens the linkages between the organizations and leads to an expanding of the network and exchange of information.
The National Water supply and Sanitation Council (NWASCO) has formed a platform where the communities can communicate with them via the website and the council is able to attend to the communities’ queries as quickly as possible.
The Lusaka City Council, Ministry of Local Government and Housing as well as Lusaka Water and Sewerage Company are responsible for monitoring water.
The Ministry of Health sensitizes on sanitation issues through drama groups, poems etc.
The Lusaka City Council elects the Ward Development Committee (WDC) which also forms the sub water committee which monitors the operations of communities.
After having successfully conducted a workshop at Fringilla Lodge in February 2011, the BGR engaged WASAZA again in the organization of a follow up workshop but this time as the lead organizer in order to make a follow up on the activities agreed upon in Fringilla. To this degree other institutions such as the Ministry of Tourism, Environmental Council of Zambia, UNZA (University of Zambia), were included in the workshop. After an extensive preparation period the follow-up workshop was held on April 7th 2011 and the WASAZA meeting room was filled with participants from within and outside of Lusaka. The workshop proceeded successfully with a couple of presentations and group work where the participants discussed the activities agreed upon in the first workshop.
The event finished successfully with a tour around the WASAZA premises to view the implemented Decentralized Wastewater Treatment Systems (DEWATS). This technology works in such a way that there is no contamination of ground Water thus being an improved and preferable sanitation option.