Access to Sanitation for all - Interventions to test with bourgeoisie
The ecological toilet system aquatron developed by the Swedish aquatron international AB, is a compositing toilet utilizing ordinary water closets. The company has over 25 years of experience on waste water separation that works without electricity. The company’s main product is the patented and CE-certified aquatron separator (without moving pars or power consumption) where urine and flush water will separate from solids. The company manufactures several different versions of the aquatron in order to cater to the varied needs of the customer segment-from holiday cottages to public buildings and residential buildings.
The aquatron standard system operate by using just the momentum of the flushing water, centrifugal force and gravity. Therefore, neither moving parts nor chemicals or electricity are needed in the separation and composting processes! Aquatron system combine the comfort and hygiene of a WC system with the ecological and environmental characteristics of a bio-degrading toilet system.
This is how it works
However, its not just building more toilets, rather its about constructing toilets which are eco friendly and help in preserving our planet amidst mounting challenges of global warming and climate change. As resources such as water become scare and with seemingly unstoppable pollution levels in cities threatening to aggravate the threat of green house even further, the world is staring at a number of challenges, prominent being the food crisis, which is looming large and health for all. The bottom line is we need to act quickly to find effective solutions to some of the pressing problems faced by our society today, needless to say open defecation tops the lists.
And eco friendly toilets could be an effective solution to address some of these challenges. After all, health is wealth. Isn’t it? To conclude, according to the UN, sanitation and hygiene are engines that drive health, social and economic development, and contribute to a cleaner environment.
Here my questions start, shouldn't first pilot this in urban habitations and understand practical implications? I believe water conservation should first start from cities and they are pioneers in terms of wasting water. Interventions such as this to be first taken up in MNCs, Institutions of governance, the bourgeoisie, the white collar class and upper middle class to test the potential of the intervention.
Once this is tested on a larger scale in urban areas, it will spread like virus to rural areas and acceptance is also considerably high.
Think about it!
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- Aparna Bhumi
Analyst (August, 2015)