Kampala adopts new waste disposal technique
The German development arm, GIZ in conjunction with Water for People, an international NGO has launched a new waste removal technology to curb dumping of faecal waste in water channels and polythene bags improvised toilets referred to as ‘flying toilets’, in the city.
Known as gulper, the technology is expected to improve sanitation and enhance public health safety.
The technology empties latrines in areas where waste removal trucks (cess pool emptiers) cannot reach due to poor urban planning policies.
David Gusongoirye, a ward administrator with Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) speaking at the launching ceremony to launch the technology at Tick hotel, Kawempe, said the technology will first be piloted in Bwaise 1&2 and Nateete, on the outskirts of the city, it will be extended to other parts of the country with time. The launch was attended by local leaders, entrepreneurs and an official from GIZ.
Gusongoirye said the pilot area areas (Bwaise and Natete) that are highly affected by floods which cause most of the latrines there to flood, hence forcing sludge into drainage channels.
The gulper, he said, is advantageous especially in unplanned settings where developers construct structures with little regard for access roads.
“One needs between sh20, 000 and sh30, 000 for the gulper compared to Sh65, 000 for the KCCA emptiers. The gulper will supplement the work we cannot do because of inaccessibility issues,” Gusongoirye said.
The project according to Robert Makune, the Programmes Officer, Water for People is estimated at USD12, 000 (About Sh30.8M) and is set to last for 5 years.
Makune said the gulper is based on a borehole technology that pumps sludge out of latrines.
“The gulper is similar to a tyre pump. The only difference is while a tyre pump pumps air into the tyre, the gulper pumps sludge out of latrines, and into drums,” he said.
Water for people will sell the gadgets to the Enterpreneurs, from whom the local residents will hire them. Charles Muhumuza, an Entrepreneur who has been in the business for the last three weeks, already boasts of collecting 10 burrows a day which fetches him about Sh300.000 as one burrow goes for Sh30,000.
He however noted that most of the residents in these suburbs use their latrines to dump rubbish which makes it difficult for the gulper to pump out sludge.
“Some residents are not cooperative at all while others cannot afford the Sh20, 000 we charge before conducting the business,” Muhumuza said.