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Ecological sanitation [Quality Assurance: Sandy Cairncross]

Author(s): Smet, Jo  |  Sugden, Steven  |  Cairncross, Sandy

Publisher: WEDC
Place of publication: Loughborough University, UK
Year: 2006

Series: WELL Fact Sheet
Collection(s): WELL

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Eco Sanitation works on the principle that urine and faeces are not simply waste products of the human digestion process, but rather are an asset that if properly managed can contribute to better health and food production and reduce pollution.

Eco-sanitation latrines:

  • Store and prepare faeces for use in agriculture by encouraging the formation of humus by the addition of wood ash and/or soil;
  • Allow the application of urine as fertiliser in agriculture, in case urine is separated;
  • Remove faeces and urine from the immediate environment thereby contributing to better health; and
  • Are dry systems that make contamination of groundwater extremely unlikely.

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