Dry Toilet the answer to our water shortage
The Rural Pit Toilets, although part of life in the Village, encouraged us to develop a Dry Toilet, initially to avoid the use at our Village home, then to supplement other problem areas.
Nettie & I are committed to living in our new home in the Matiyani Village and one of the i ssues was how we coped with the Pit Toilet.
Over a period we developed a Dry Toilet, then finalized the unit at our suburban home, eventually taking out a Provisional Patent under the Plant a Door Banner, No. 21012012/02585.
Since March 2012 we have installed Dry Toilets in our Village, Josepha,Pafuri area, Rustenburg, KwaFeka, and three in Alexandra.
The toilet is portable and can be moved into any position that the user desires, allowing use to take place in a safer environment than where the Pit Toilets or communal toilets are positioned in the Informal Housing areas.
The developer suggests the user assess the most secure, convenient and provaye area for this unit and the process of using it.
Should a building be available, the unit permits a combination of Toilet and Shower or other use, instead of just the toilet use.
Please do not ask question’s, I have strange and crazy ideas that I prefer not to put into writing.
The Poop Pot should be towards the back of the 25 lt bucket to receive the solids and allow the fluid to pass directly into the 25 lt bucket.
Place the Pee-Pot in a position convenient for the men to use, as it will allow longer usage before the unit needs to be serviced,
Place the side-bucket alongside the unit, with the toilet brush near-by.
Keep a supply of leaves near for when the unit requires servicing, and also a supply of sand, wood-ash, peat-moss, that you use to cover the solids after every deposit.
The composting process will only decompose tissue / toilet paper, so all other papers, sanitary pads, condoms, cigarette butts, must be deposited in a container for disposal outside of the composting process.
The toilet is now ready for use. Use it as you would use any other toilet, then, instead of flushing, just use a jam tin full of sand and other matter to cover the solids. Only a covering is required, the less sand you use, the less often you need to service the system.
Should you wish to use the 25lt lid cover to improve the appearance of the Dry Toilet system it is provided. You could even put you own decoration on the lid.
In the Village we use the Dry Toilet as a stand for the washing / bathing process.
Depending on the fluid content, you may need to empty the fluids from the 25lt bucket even before you need to service the Poop-Pot. Place the Poop-Pot lid in position, remove the Poop-Pot and position in the side-pot, and empty the 25 Lt bucket.
When the Poop-Pot is almost full, you can service the system. Here you can remove the seat and take the 25 lt bucket and the Poop-Pot to the compost heap.
Pour the Urine onto the compost heap, and using the side-pot to support the bottom of the poop-pot, tip the solids onto the compost heap.
Composting is an integral part of the DRY TOILET process, and it is the part that is directly related to the management of the human waste.
During the development of this process and equipment, I soon became aware of the impact that managing my own waste was having on me as a person.
When you manage your own waste, you start to manage what you eat, and in turn, as you start composting, you start to but what your compost heap will enjoy, and in turn you start to recycle everything.
Once you start to produce your own personal compost, you will start planting vegetables.
Having discovered this impact on my life, I just knew that I could make this process work, and over a few months of daily commitment, the answers flowed to everything.
We have include a Plant a Door, planting schedule, you will soon be motivated.
THE COMPOST HEAP:
For those of you who buy a commercial compost converter, I refer you to the instructions, with a word of warning, they will tell you that you must not add human excrement to the converter.
For you own compost heap, choose a well-drained area away from the wind and mark out 1.5m x 1.5m. Build the compost heap directly on the ground. Loosen the soil, allowing any worms and other life in the solid to link to the heap. If available the first layer should be cow-dung or manure.
Pack your garden refuse, (any material that can be chopped by a spade) in layers to a height of 15cm. Any plant material can be used, place coarser pieces in the middle of the heap. Wood-ash, any kind of manure, fruit and vegetable peelings, uncooked vegetable, pot tailing’s, tea leaves, coffee grounds, crushed egg shells, grass cuttings. The heap must be packed firmly, but not too tightly.
On the tyop of the 15cm layer, cover with a layer of sild, or is cow-dung is available it is preferable.
For those of you who have access to some compost activator, you should sprinkle some over the compost heap during the process. Else, the urine that you add to the compost heap will assist in the activation, while leaving all the minerals behind.
Keep the heap lightly damp.
When the heap is decomposed into a dark, crumbly humus it must be sifted and the larger pieces can be thrown back into the next heap.
Use the sifted compost by digging into your garden.
LET’S TRY FOR GREEN:
This is the alternative: