Nepal, Siddhipur: Ecosan toilets bring multiple benefits

Until a few years ago, Saraswati Maharjan-33, a resident of Siddhipur-8 on the outskirts of Kathmandu, had to walk 10 minutes from her home to attend nature’s call in the open communal defecation area. But that’s happily a history now. The lives of villagers in Siddhipur-8 has radically changed after the introduction of Ecosan toilets.

[…]. The Department of Water Supply and Sewerage (DWSS) initiated a pilot project in Siddhipur in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO) in 2002. […]. Following the pilot project of government, many I/NGOs namely, UN-HABITAT, Environment and Public Health Organization (ENPHO) stepped in to extend support for further expansion of the toilets. The result: More than 100 households now own Ecosan toilets and many others own the Safety-tank toilets.

According to an estimate of DWSS, over 1000 Ecosan toilets have been built throughout Nepal and most of them are located in Kathmandu Valley.

Read more: The Kathmandu Post / NGO Forum, 03 August 2008

See also:

Rajbhandari, K. (2008). Ecological sanitation latrines : the experience of Nepal. In: Beyond construction : use by all : a collection of case studies from sanitation and hygiene promotion practitioners in South Asia. London, UK, WaterAid and Delft, The Netherlands, IRC International Water and Sanitation Centre.

Siddhipur community constructs eco-friendly future, Source Bulletin 47 feature, Feb 2007

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