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Mokonyane: Green sanitation solutions a possibility

Officials are looking at new technology to eliminate the use of drinking water to flush toilets.

FILE: The alternatives, she says are innovative low-water and no-water solutions. Picture: freeimages.com.

JOHANNESBURG - Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane wants to introduce green sanitation solutions to conserve South Africa's clean, drinkable water.

Speaking ahead of her budget vote speech in Parliament, she said her department is looking at new technology to eliminate the use of drinking water to flush toilets.

The alternatives, Mokonyane says, are innovative low-water and no-water solutions.

"Alternative sanitation solutions are not only for the poor. What we need is to educate one another on these solutions and deal with the myth and the fear of the unknown."

South Africa has battled a water crisis with one quarter of South Africans lacking adequate sanitation facilities in their homes.

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