7.5. Community involvement and survey

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Here are options for how the project director could involve the community in the facility:

  • Discuss overall concept to determine level of community support.
  • Discuss work plan and determine which parts the community might be able to undertake.
  • Do the community survey (see below).
  • Assist with security on site.
  • Provide workers for construction from the community.
  • Identify local personnel who could operate facility, and involve that person or group from beginning.
  • During implementation/ construction meet with workers, technicians and community to review progress of work.

Here is a list of information required about the community:

  • Legal status of area/settlement - who owns the land?
  • Total area of the community,
  • Number of houses
    - existing
    - planned in the next 5 years (approximately)
  • Approx. number of inhabitants (total; age groups 0-3, 4-15, 16-21, 21-60, 61 and older)
  • How many inhabitants leave the community for more than six hours every day?
  • Average size of houses (number of rooms, inhabitants per house)
  • How many houses are linked to collection system?
  • What other types of wastewater disposal exist other than collection system (e.g. septic tanks)? short description
  • Does rainwater go into collection system? How many of the houses discharge rain water into collection system?
  • How is the drinking water provided?
  • How many of the houses have businesses in their house (bar, repair shops etc.)? What kind of businesses?
  • How many houses have animals in the yards (pigs, chickens etc.)? approx. total number of animals and kind.
  • What do people do with the animal waste? Is animal waste discharged into wastewater disposal system?
  • How many houses have gardens in their yards? How many have compost heaps in their yard?

A sample questionnaire to obtain information from each household is available in the European Commission publication 'Guide to Wastewater Recycling in Tropical Regions'.

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