Urban water, sanitation and waste solutions

Solar-powered water pumps

A solar-powered water pump that uses locally-sourced equipment can pump 30,000 clean litres of clean, safe water every day.

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Improved toilets

Some of the world’s poorest people are those who live in slums, Practical Action is working to install effective sanitation in these areas

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Rainwater harvesting

Captures rainwater before it can be washed away, to be used once the rains have passed and soil is dehydrated

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Dams

Sand or earth can be used to build these water storage systems, for areas where precious rainwater does not come often enough

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Irrigation

Simple irrigation techniques help families move from malnutrition to self-sufficiency.

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Health and hygiene education

People living in poverty stricken areas have poor hygiene behaviour and lack of sanitation due to rapid and haphazard urbanisation

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Water distillation

With the use of solar power, people living in hot coastal regions can successfully distil their precious water

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Home composting

Introducing home composting bins to poor families in order to turn generated waste into useful rich compost for vegetable gardens.

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Solid waste management

Waste collectors recycle and sell material thrown away by others, thus contributing to the improved health of slum dwelling families

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Plastics recycling

Waste plastics are washed in specially designed machines before being sold on for commercial recycling and pelletising.

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Slum improvement

Practical Action is helping to improve the standard of living in slums, sustainably, so that future generations can have adequate access to basic services such as electricity, water and sanitation, housing, or household waste collection.

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Urban waste management

Waste management brings improvements to the health of the slum dwelling families with the creation of safer healthier places to live and work.

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Urban waste pickers in Nepal

Urban waste pickers are among the poorest people in Nepal. Practical Action is working with waste pickers in the Kathmandu valley to improve their living conditions and protect their interests.

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