Thailand: floating toilets for flood-hit areas

Photo Bangkok Post

As Thailand faces its worst flooding in more than 50 years, a local company is distributing floating toilets free of charge to government offices.

Cotto, part of Siam Cement Group (SCG), designed the floating twin-toilet unit, which weighs 800 kg. It has one modern toilet and one Thai-style pour-flush toilet.

The unit is 2.5 metres wde and 3.5 metres long. It is made of plastic and “smart board”, a smooth-surface asbestos-free cement board, to make it durable and lightweight. The waste is treated with micro-organisms before discharge.

SCG staff have teamed up with students from the King Mongkut’s University of Technology North Bangkok to produce 10 sets of toilets per day at a cost of 60,000 baht (US$ 1,940) each and distribute them to government offices in provinces and tambon administrations for free.

After the floods recede, the toilets can be used by the public.

SCG has also distributed 50,000 “paper toilets” for one-time use.

Photo: Cotto

Source: Nareerat Wiriyapong, Bangkok Post, 02 Nov 2011

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