WaSH-UP: Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Upgrading Programmes in Informal Settlements



The government in South Africa faces a challenge to meet the needs of thousands living in informal settlements that lack proper water and sanitation.Our 2013 WaSH-UP team’s broad goal was to assess the Mandela Park WaSH-UP facility that emerged from the CTPC’s 2012 WaSH team, and use that knowledge to further improve water and sanitation provisions in the area.  First, we assessed the Mandela Park WaSH-UP facility. We then identified a location in Langrug that would be best served by a new facility. At the community’s request and with a co-researcher team, we designed and planned a facility in Zwelitsha, an area of about 600 people without electricity, toilets, or a sewer system. Our methodology and plans were largely centred on sustainability-related WaSH-UP principles that emerged from our assessment and were deemed essential for successful facility replication.



Meet our Team

Learn more about the WPI students, advisors, and our project partners.

Project Outcomes

Find out what were the major results and accomplishments of our project.

Background Information

Read up on the background story about water, sanitation, and hygiene in informal settlements.

Planning Stages

Take a look at the planning process.

Process Narrative

See the story unfold in our Acts & Scenes and read our individual reflections.

References and Acknowledgements

For more information about water and sanitation, consult our list of resources.

Executive Summary

Review the highlights of our project in the Executive Summary.

WaSH Executive Summary [PDF/1.1 MB]