Building awareness of advanced sanitary dry toilets
The class got a golden opportunity to observe an advanced sanitary dry toilet known as the
UDDT: – Urine Diverting Dry Toilet.
This type of toilet has been implemented in selective houses on the streets of Dindivanam. The basic principle behind the UDDT is the separation and collection of faeces and urine without the use of flush water. After using the toilet, sand or similar material has to be poured in place of water on top of the faeces. This will turn into compost over a period of time and can be used as a soil amender and a nutrient rich fertilizer. This is known as the reverse of excreta in agriculture. This is a creative alternate to pit latrines and flush alternates mainly where water is scarce.
Instead of wasting litres of water in the toilet, UDDT can be used. The urine is collected in a tank directly through a pipe, after a few days, this is mixed with a little water and used to water plants.
Through research, experts saw a tremendous growth on plants that were watered with urine than plants watered normally. This trip to Dindivanam has inspired the students of class IX to take a step forward and raise awareness about UDDTs.
Session with Mr. Kamar
Following our visit to Thindivanam, we had a session with Mr. Kamar.
90% of the sewage water goes into the water bodies, which is later used as drinking water without any treatment. Children of the economically challenged class die due to drinking this water. It affects their health tremendously. IS THERE A SOLUTION? Algae bloom caused by the seepage of chemicals into ground water is also a cause for this. This situation can be described in one word: MISMANAGEMENT.
Many people suffer because of this. This cannot be good for a developing economy like ours. Spraying pesticides affects the sanity of the water too. During rains, the runoff carries all the extra pesticides to the water and algae bloom occurs. Even smoke from the factories affect the water.
What would people do in places with no water?
UDDTs – Urine Diverting Dry Toilets
• No flush, saves water
• Urine acts as the best substitute to water for plants and also increases the nutrient content in them
• The waste can be used as compost in agricultural land
• Can be used in places with less water availability
July 28, 2017 / Chennai, India