Government should support and adopt innovations aimed at curbing escalating challenges of sanitation and waste management in the country through the use of biogas technologies and bio-latrines, the Water and Sanitation Association of Zambia (WASAZA) has said.
WASAZA chief administrative Officer Jonathan Phiri has the use of biogas technology was better than sewer lines because of inadequate water supply experienced in most areas, besides the cost implications .
Mr. Phiri said that the new technology could be a step ahead for the country to resolve sanitation and waste management matters as was simple and cheaper.
He disclosed that the association, whose vision was to have a well-managed and efficient water and sanitation sector, working on sanitation and waste management improvement project.
He has also revealed that the association plans to install bio-latrines (latrines built on top of drop-holes of digester inlets) with associated hygiene and other facilities at David Livingstone and Chazanga Reachout Community Schools as a way of improving sanitation and hygiene in Chazanga area.
“After installing biolatrines, the pupils will also be encouraged to feed degradable waste into digesters as a means of solid disposal,” he said.
He added that WASAZA was also undertaking effective liaison with community leaders and Chazanga Water Trust, regarding the sale of biogas produced. The award winning association is also working on the second phase of the Pilot Low Cost Sanitation (P-LOCSAN) Field Appraisal among others, following a successful implementation of P-locsan 1, in which biogas digesters were constructed in loe cost area of Kandundu in Solwezi, Kariba and in Ndola.
He has however acknowledged Government support towards the association their various activities.