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TitleResearch on self-sustained etoilet for households, urban-semi urban public-community sanitation : a paper presented at the second conference on deve...
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2012
AuthorsVinod, M.S., Baby, B.
Pagination7 p.; 3 fig.
Date Published2012-10-29
PublisherS.n.
Place PublishedS.l.
Keywordsaccess to sanitation, cost benefit analysis, faecal sludge management [FSM], sanitation services, sustainability
Abstract

The universal challenge of providing affordable toilets is often hindered by the trade-off between cost and the functionalities which need to address three critical issues viz. A) Cleanliness B) Conservation of resources and C) Sustainability of toilets. The pioneers of electronic toilets have identified that the above issues are prevailing universally and this has a direct bearing on the health of communities. There is concentration on the following areas where the outcomes shall be in favor of providing sustainable solutions for the above three critical issues. The design of the research is to develop sustainable solutions for the above cited areas, so that it can be used effectively in households, slums or in urban/semi urban locations and cities to benefit the city dwellers and the large floating populations. Hence the universality of the solutions is the most important outcome of our research. Proposed are modular solutions so as to make the toilet, easily adaptable and customizable to the demands of the respective regions, while focusing on a cost-effective, sustainable, and affordable solution. Our research direction is to provide affordable sanitation that ensures clean and hygienic environment while recovering recyclable components. There is a focus on Cleanliness, Conservation, Cost effectiveness, Modularity and Universality in our research outputs. [authors abstract]

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