Asias first waterless toilet opens
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People of Regullanka village set a precedence in personal hygiene, general
cleanliness with ECOSAN toilet
The Hindu, November 29,
[image: Eco-friendly:Secretary of Arthika Samata Mandal, Nau Gora, showing
the compost procured from the cement chamber after opening of the toilet
vault, at Regullanka village of Avanigadda mandal in Krishna district on
Tuesday. PHOTO: V. RAJU]
Eco-friendly:Secretary of Arthika Samata Mandal, Nau Gora, showing the
compost procured from the cement chamber after opening of the toilet vault,
at Regullanka village of Avanigadda mandal in Krishna district on Tuesday.
PHOTO: V. RAJU
Regullanka, a sleepy village nestled in the flood-prone island mandal of
Avanigadda in Krishna district, has earned a rare distinction. For the
first time in Asia, residents of the entire village have embraced an
innovative, eco-friendly, waterless toilet the ECOSAN toilet.
The village situated on the banks of River Krishna achieved a new level of
personal hygiene and general cleanliness with an ECOSAN toilet.
Vijayawada-based NGO Arthik Samata Mandal (ASM) implemented this project to
save the local women folk of the hardship of trekking a long distance to
reach village outskirts to answer nature's call. The project is sponsored
by Switzerland-based Terre des Hommes (TDH).
"It took a long time to persuade the villagers and secure their nod for
construction of the toilets with a promise that they will make use of
them," said ASM secretary Nau Gora.
"Hundred and odd families of Regullanka and its surrounding areas have a
shallow water table and villagers often face water scarcity. The ECOSAN
toilets are a safe bet for this region," says Ms. Gora. It's like killing
two birds in one shot.
The excreta which is stored in a concrete chamber for six months and
allowed to convert into compost, was being diverted to the fields as
fertilizers, said Willy Bergogne, India Country Representative, of TDH.
He said that Regullanka had stood in the first in Asia to have implemented
this project in the entire village.
Surrounded by a team of local officials, villagers and representatives of
many other organisations, Mr. Bergogne and others opened the first ECOSAN
The near 100 kg of compost procured by breaking open the chamber was thin
odourless powder. "Use this as manure in the farm and the difference will
reflect in the output," said Mr. Bergogne.
J. Satyapal Reddy, Superintending Engineer, RWS, Krishna district,
complimented the ASM and the TDH for their achievement. Similar efforts by
the government had failed to convince villagers in the past, he said.
*Vijayawada-based NGO Arthik Samata Mandal has implemented the project*
*It took a long time to persuade villagers and secure their nod for ECOSAN
toilet, says ASM secretary*
*Body waste that is stored in a concrete chamber for six months and allowed
to convert into compost is diverted to fields as fertilizer*