Toilets and water sanitation at the Bottom of the Pyramid (BOP)
Toliets and water sanitatation at the Bottom of the Pyramid (BOP)
Fast Company magazine just covered Easy Latrine a low cost toliet created by IDE which costs $25, which won a prize in the International Design Excellence Awards. What is the Easy Latrine?
The solution: a low-cost sanitation system that villagers could build themselves from locally available parts. It consists of a pan, a bucket of water with a ladle, and pipes to connect a hut to a latrine buried in the ground. The latrine itself has three receptacles made of rings of concrete bound by the ash of rice husks — material that’s readily at hand and much cheaper than cement. Once a receptacle is full, it can be capped, and after two years, the sediment can be used as compost.
One latrine costs about $25, and since 2008, 2,500 villagers have installed them.
You can learn more about the the Easy Latrine toliet at IDE Canada.