Hyphae delivered an integrated multi-prong strategy to maintaining sanitation services to the people of Berkeley. A baseline model includes the management and maintenance of infrastructure facilities which is best attributed to both a combination of equipment contractor agreements and the capable dedicated staff from Parks.
We recognize the tragedy of the commons that comes about in the way Americans have addressed urban public services. Infrastructure and sanitation has not worked well and needs an alternative model to implement. We believe that when we all work for our communal public goods we all therefore inherently have more respect for them. We also believe that when we make these public spaces beautiful people care for them more.
The City of Berkeley contracted Hyphae Design Laboratory to complete a study of public sanitation in Berkeley. The study assessed existing public facilities with an understanding of the city’s need for public sanitation. We gathered extensive data and public feedback and proposed a set of strategies to fully meet the need, based on precedents and lessons from other cities.
WASH refers to Water, Access, Sanitation, and Hygiene. Access to safe drinking water and adequate sanitation is a basic human need and right. It applies to everyone and is a public health issue. For the purpose of this study we are including the following in our definition of WASH: potable water and handwashing, toilets, showers, laundry, and toiletries. Providing sufficient public sanitation services can be more affordable and proactive in preventing public health risks.