We consider the provision of water and sanitation to be essential to addressing the challenges of adequate shelter and urban growth.

Reall project sites are required to deliver water, sanitation and solid waste collection. This is intrinsic to the planning of each site. We engage with the water, sanitation, energy and transport sectors, supporting our partners to ensure that affordable homes are connected to a reliable mains supply, or by ensuring the development site has its own systems to secure supply.

Housing ensures that there is a sustainable community.

Our strategy is not only to deliver the ‘taps and toilets’, but to ensure that they work in perpetuity.

The strength of the community secures the revenue to ensure that maintenance and operational costs are covered, as well as providing a sense of ownership for the communal infrastructure that is provided in a housing scheme.

The secure tenure, home and provision of services mitigates the risk that an individual project may deteriorate and fail, the principle of which is that the home occupiers are transitioned away from the informal economy and empowered to both take care of, but also fund a lasting solution to their own needs.

Affordable housing

Ensuring housing that is responsive to the needs and affordability of the markets
they serve.

Basic services

Engaging with the water, sanitation, energy and transport sectors to ensure that homes are connected to a reliable supply.

Sustainable communities

Home owners are empowered to both take care of, but also fund a lasting solution to their own needs.

Case studies

NACHU - Nairobi, Kenya

The Three Heights project adopts an efficient yet affordable sanitation system that meets the standards set out for adequate sanitation. Every house includes a fully installed flush toilet that leads to a communal septic tank. With this system in place, the living standards for the beneficiaries are greatly improved. There is reduced exposure to illnesses, and the insecurity and violence inflicted on women and children resulting from open defecation in the informal settlement is eliminated. Furthermore, the daily financial burden is eradicated as the residents are no longer required to pay-per-visit to the toilet.

AMC - Faisalabad, Pakistan

The development in Faisalabad does not have proximity to a water supply which is reliable and adequate. The design addresses this with a number of technical systems. Firstly, shallow boreholes are provided for greywater provision to undertake washing for each household. Deep boreholes are provided in each phase of the scheme to extract quality water supplies, which are subsequently filtered to provide potable water.

The first phase of the scheme provides a communal water supply of potable drinking water to the local neighbourhood free of charge.

LINKBUILD - Cebu, Philippines

Currently, the urban poor communities do not have safe disposal of wastewater. LinkBuild approached the market with a brief outlining occupancy requirements and site restrictions. The commercial systems available were highly mechanised, expensive, and required skilled operators to maintain. These systems were not sustainable for the community being served.

LinkBuild met with BORDA-BNS and developed a DEWATS proposal which met these requirements. The development scheme proposed is still at the concept phase.

SHELTERSOL- Harare, Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe currently suffers from a dysfunctional sanitation access. ShelterSol have collaborated with the Harare city government, local community groups and a housing co-operative to ensure sufficient finance was available to undertake the first-in-kind mid-scale residential DEWATS system.

The system is designed to serve 1,000 homes and 5,00 people. It is based on successful projects in South Africa. The primary purpose is to ensure that full wastewater treatment is achieved on-site without a need to await the mains connection.