Enhancing Quality Sanitation Infrastructure in DSF Communities: A Success Story from the Kadjebi District Assembly

The Environment and Sanitation Department of the Kadjebi District Assembly recently undertook a comprehensive Quality Assurance initiative aimed at improving sanitation infrastructure in DSF (Disadvantaged Settlement Fund) communities within our district. The objective was to ensure that every household’s toilet facilities meet minimum quality standards, focusing on various stages of the construction process and promoting the use of certified artisans and quality construction materials.

The activities undertaken during this initiative were meticulously planned and executed to guarantee the effectiveness and sustainability of the sanitation improvements. Here’s a breakdown of the key activities and the remarkable results achieved:

Pre-Construction Inspections:

  • Siting Inspection: Teams inspected construction sites to ensure they were appropriately located, at least 30 meters away from water sources and dwelling rooms, and situated in areas conducive for proper ventilation.
  • Construction Materials: Emphasis was placed on using high-quality materials to prevent accidents and ensure durability. Householders, Community Toilet Volunteers (CTVs), and artisans were advised against compromising on material quality.
  • Safety Measures: To enhance safety and security, some latrine sites were relocated to more open and secure spaces within premises to mitigate risks from wildlife and other hazards.

Construction Inspection:

  • Various construction stages were closely monitored, including excavation, pit lining, backfilling, slab making and placement, walling, roof fittings, and installation of handwashing facilities.
  • Measures were taken to prevent pits from being dug too deep or too wide, especially when using local materials for slab construction.

Results Achieved:

  • Certification: 22 latrines were certified as meeting quality standards, ensuring they are safe and functional.
  • Materials Management: Ensured that necessary materials were available before construction commenced.
  • Water Table Influence: Checked and addressed potential impacts of the water table on construction.
  • Defect Corrections: Identified defects were promptly corrected to enhance functionality and safety.
  • User Education: Conducted educational sessions with household members on proper usage and maintenance of the facilities.
  • Infrastructure Upgrades: Three households had mud slabs replaced with reinforced concrete due to land conditions, and six had their roofs upgraded to prevent the entry of flies and vermin.
  • Material Improvement: Encouraged the use of more durable construction materials for superstructures, moving away from traditional materials like palm fronds and polythene.

This initiative marks a significant step forward in improving sanitation infrastructure and promoting sustainable practices in our district. By ensuring the quality of toilet facilities and promoting safe construction practices, we are enhancing the overall well-being and health of our communities.

The success of this endeavor underscores the commitment of the Kadjebi District Assembly to prioritize sanitation and environmental health. We remain dedicated to further initiatives that promote clean, safe, and sustainable living environments for all residents.

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