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Training on the Pre-Construction of the Shared Septic Tank in Malang City

On July 28, 2020, the Office of Public Works, Spatial Planning, Housing and Settlement (DPUPRPKP) of Malang city and USAID IUWASH PLUS conducted a pre-construction training for the community members receiving the shared septic tanks from Malang city government.

Through this activity, the DPUPRPKP explained its plan to build bio-filter shared septic tanks using the 2020 local government budget and the profit sharing from the excise tax of Tobacco products in three urban villages, namely Tulusrejo, Blimbing, and Purwantoro. Each of those shared septic tanks has the capacity of 3–4m3 and is used by 4–8 households.

The bio-filter technology is chosen as it does not require extensive space and the construction process is relatively quicker than the conventional septic tank. The construction will be carried out by the third party.

Yet, DPUPRPKP and USAID IUWASH PLUS will support the community in each urban village to form caretaker groups and train them on how to operate and maintain the shared septic tanks in the respective areas.

“This activity is a collaboration between USAID IUWASH PLUS and Malang city government. Thanks to the community members who have contributed to succeed the domestic wastewater service. We hope the community will share the information and implement it in their respective areas,” said the Head of Human Settlement Division of the DPUPRPKP of Malang city, Mr. Bambang Nugroho.