In some communities the houses have no bathrooms, toilets or laundries. Instead there are communal toilet blocks for everyone to use. A toilet block usually contains separate toilets and showers for males and females, handbasins, and sometimes a communal laundry facility.

Toilet blocks need to be cleaned regularly just as if they were part of a house. Since they are used by all of the people in the community the toilet blocks should be cleaned daily. If they are allowed to get dirty and surfaces become contaminated with germs, many people in the community could get sick.

Plumbing problems, such as blockages and leaking taps, pipes or cisterns need to be repaired as soon as possible. Regular (daily) cleaning allows for problems to be identified and reported to the community office or organisation responsible for repairs and maintenance.

For communal toilet blocks to be healthy places the cleaner must:

    • make sure there is always toilet paper in the toilets
    • clean the toilets, showers, basins and tubs once a day, and more often if they get very dirty
    • hose or sweep the floors regularly
    • report any faults or damage immediately to the community office
It should be the EHP's job to check that communal toilet blocks are being properly cleaned and maintained
Fig.  3.16: Communal toilet blocks need to be cleaned often.
Fig. 3.16: Communal toilet blocks need to be cleaned often.