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29.05.2017 11:47 Category: LBOR (BORDA Laos)
by Bonnie Dang – BORDA Laos

Laos: New Public Toilets and DEWATS Plant for Night Market Area of Luang Prabang

Luang Prabang residents and visitors of the night market area now benefit from new public toilets connected to a DEWATS plant.

With all the colorful handcrafted fabrics and souvenirs, the night market in the city center of the UNESCO World Heritage town of Luang Prabang has always been a vivid attraction for everyone who comes to visit. Thanks to the joint funding of the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF) and Luang Prabang’s Urban Development and Administration Authority (UDAA-LPB) and with the facilitation of the Department of Housing and Urban Planning (DHUP), Ministry of Public Works and Transport (MPWT), visitors now benefit from newly installed public toilets that are linked to a DEWATS plant with a capacity of 5 m3 per day. Moreover, Luang Prabang’s residents also benefit from this project as the wastewater from the toilets is now treated by the DEWATS plant, preventing untreated wastewater to be released into the public area and to negatively affect the surrounding environment.

This Community Sanitation Center Project is part of the ASEAN Cooperation on Environmentally Sustainable City Programme. It was implemented by UDAA-LPB and supported by the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) and the DEWATS Team, consisting of DHUP and BORDA Laos.

Before the project was implemented, there was only one toilet cabin for women and one toilet cabin for men. The new improved sanitation facility now offers three toilet cabins and two sinks for women, two toilet cabins, three urinals and two sinks for men as well as one toilet cabin with one sink for disabled persons. On May 12th 2017, the project was officially handed over to the village authorities of Pakam Village.

As Luang Prabang strives to be an environmentally sustainable city, the implementation of this project with the DEWATS plant sets an example for more steps to be taken into action in the future.