Invest in Community Hygiene
Poor socio-economic governance (both current and historical) of informal settlements means that its inhabitants often have no choice to use pit latrines (occasionally supplemented with flushing toilets and septic tanks). Pit toilets are the oldest and crudest method of sewage disposal – often leading to the spreading of infections and disease.
CSR: What you can do
By buying and donating Pit Toilet cleanser your organisation can contribute significantly to community health, disease control, hygiene and economic opportunities. This is the ideal opportunity for businesses that would like to invest in a Corporate Social Responsibility initiative, but aren’t sure where to start. Would you like to contribute to basic human dignity? Contact us today to find out how your organisation can get involved.
Unhygienic ablutions: By force, not choice
A pit latrine or “long drop” is a type of toilet that collects human feces in a hole in the ground. They use either no water or one to three liters per flush with pour-flush pit latrines. Many of these toilets are dirty, causing health problems such as intestinal worms, typhoid and diarrhea, especially amongst children. The ways of transmission are various: The lack of fresh water and soap in the outhouse can hinder people from hand washing and uncovered pits or stagnant black water can attract flies. Effluent from tanks and pits can pollute surface and ground water used for human consumption with pathogens and pollutants.
Pit Toilet Maintenance
The Specialists have introduced BioLoo – a specially formulated product in the form of powder sachets, ideal for use in pit toilets. Here’s how it works: The microorganisms (Good bacteria) in BioLoo continue to work long after application – up to 80 hours after they are applied. BioLoo uses highly specialised enzyme producing microorganisms to clean and control odours by eliminating the soils that traditional chemical products alone cannot treat. This helps displace unknown, potentially “pathogenic” (disease causing) bacteria with known, healthy microorganisms. This contributes to better human health and:
Reduces odours in pit toilets
Attacks larvae of flies to reduce fly population
Greatly reduces pump-out frequency
Prolongs the life of the soakaway
Is very hygienic
A national problem
The SA Government has mandated Public Services and the Business Sector to help combat open toilet challenges and eradicate the bucket system throughout the country. According to a report by KPMG’s Human and Social Services the reality is “that about 11% of households in South Africa do not have access to decent sanitation services as reported by the Department of Water Affairs. It is alarming to note that WHO and UNICEF estimate 3.53 million South Africans still resort to open defecation.” Read more