New Delhi promised to build hundreds of public toilets for the 2010 Commonwealth Games. Only 9 were built, and none of them are functioning. This short report from Al Jazeera’s Sohail Rahman highlights the fact that over 50 per cent of Indians have no access to clean toilets. It focuses on the lack of facilities in India’s growing cities and in schools. The report features rural development minister Jairam Ramesh, the inevitable Bindeshwar Pathak of Sulabh International and UNICEF India’s Suzanne Coates.
- Re: Ecosan - what is it really? And what is the problem with ecosan? Is there a problem? Too much ecosan in SuSanA? - by: KaiMikkel September 15, 2014And that's my point. These legacy systems will not stand the test of time (be it thanks to bankrupt municipalities, our looming low-energy future and/or climate change, etc.) so why continue to pour scarce public money into them when we could instead be using these resources to redesign the system instead? Sort of along the lines of "let's put […]
- Re: Simple urine valves to control odour on waterless urinals or on urine diversion toilets - by: Ababu September 15, 2014As part of the Mbabane Dry Sanitation and Waste Management Project, we are currently undertaking a community driven urine fertilization research. We have designed a simple odor trap using elastic balloons (the good ones!) that are connected to elastic bands which are in turn tied to the urine directing funnel. The elastic strings are stretched a little bit s […]
- Re: Ecosan - what is it really? And what is the problem with ecosan? Is there a problem? - by: JKMakowka September 15, 2014The irony is probably that you might be able to convince some people in the industrialized countries, but it is very unlikely to work in those countries still aspiring to be like the industrial countries. Thus at least as far as my line of work is concerned, only a as convenient to use design stands a chance in the longer run.
- Re: Ecosan - what is it really? And what is the problem with ecosan? Is there a problem? Too much ecosan in SuSanA? - by: KaiMikkel September 15, 2014Chris Buckley - How wonderful to hear that the eThekwini municipality is moving to free pickup! This is exciting to me because not only does it further validate UD technology but it also normalizes and institutionalizes the surrounding practices. Household recycling rates (of consumables) shot up when my own city went to free curbside pickup so I can only as […]
- Re: Ecosan - what is it really? And what is the problem with ecosan? Is there a problem? - by: KaiMikkel September 15, 2014JKMakowka - Thanks for sharing your thoughts! But while I can appreciate your notion of using rainwater to transport human waste I can't help but wonder if even this is somewhat misguided. After all I used to think the same thing - that those countries/regions/states that we generally think of as having plenty of water actually do - until I began lookin […]
- Re: Ecosan - what is it really? And what is the problem with ecosan? Is there a problem? Too much ecosan in SuSanA? - by: KaiMikkel September 15, 2014
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