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Fights and waiting over, dream come true

Posted by musiri on December 4, 2009

Fights and waiting over, dream come true

Fights and waiting over, dream come true

I am a poor widow living in Vadugaputty (ward No. 14) hamlet of Musiri Town Panchayat with my son, daughter-in-law, and granddaughter. In the past, we’ve had bitter experiences collecting our drinking water and defecating in the open (because we didn’t have a toilet).
We used to collect was from the public tap but it was not dependable. I used to leave our empty pots in front of the public tap two days before the water was going to be released for collection by the city. If the water was scheduled to come in the morning, I would go the previous night and sleep there so I could wake and get the water. Even then it was difficult to get five pots of water and sometimes it ended in quarreling with the other women.
One day there was a big fight and I got injured, leaving scars on my body. Many days I could not sleep well due to this difficulty in collecting water. It is becaue we do not have an individual water pipe connection that we have to go under all these ordeals.
At this juncture, Water.org and SCOPE came to our village and told us about the individual water pipe connection and Ecosan toilet program. Immediately, I applied for both. Now we have an individual water pipe connection and toilet in our house! We are using it and our relatives are also coming to house to use it. We feel so very happy.
Whenever I see the scars on my body, I remember the problem I faced in collecting water from the public tap. If the individual water pipe connection had come to our village earlier I would not have this scar on my body. I would have never dreamt that we could get these two facilities on our own, so we are thankful for Water.org and SCOPE. – Mrs. Thangammal

I am a poor widow living in Vadugaputty (ward No. 14) hamlet of Musiri Town Panchayat with my son, daughter-in-law, and granddaughter. In the past, we’ve had bitter experiences collecting our drinking water and defecating in the open (because we didn’t have a toilet).
We used to collect was from the public tap but it was not dependable. I used to leave our empty pots in front of the public tap two days before the water was going to be released for collection by the city. If the water was scheduled to come in the morning, I would go the previous night and sleep there so I could wake and get the water. Even then it was difficult to get five pots of water and sometimes it ended in quarreling with the other women.
One day there was a big fight and I got injured, leaving scars on my body. Many days I could not sleep well due to this difficulty in collecting water. It is becaue we do not have an individual water pipe connection that we have to go under all these ordeals.
At this juncture, Water.org and SCOPE came to our village and told us about the individual water pipe connection and Ecosan toilet program. Immediately, I applied for both. Now we have an individual water pipe connection and toilet in our house! We are using it and our relatives are also coming to house to use it. We feel so very happy.
Whenever I see the scars on my body, I remember the problem I faced in collecting water from the public tap. If the individual water pipe connection had come to our village earlier I would not have this scar on my body. I would have never dreamt that we could get these two facilities on our own, so we are thankful for Water.org and SCOPE. – Mrs. Thangammal

SOURCE : WATER.ORG

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Urine Bank for Food Security

Posted by musiri on November 20, 2009

Upgradation of urine disposal for eventual distribution

Upgradation of urine disposal for eventual distribution

The existing urine disposal system in Musiri will be upgraded by using a truck with necessary appliances for eventual distribution of urine from the ECOSAN toilets for use as manure. Sprinklers will be used for wetting the solid wastes. Also some processes in using the household ECOSAN toilets will be upgraded by mechanization. The upgradation will motivate the people, provide income for the families, reduce water consumption, saving time for more productive work and studies.

Target benchmarks

  • 100 functioning sanitation systems
  • 4000 persons with access to improved sanitation for 20 years
  • 100 persons who receive training / education per year

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An update on Ecosan work in India

Posted by musiri on October 19, 2009

  1. We are in the process of supporting I I T Delhi for nutrient recovery project for developing complete process for converting liquid urine in to the crystalline form.
  2. We are in the final stage of supporting SCOPE for demonstration of ecosan toilet in a govt. middle school at Musiri, Trichy.
  3. Comprehensive evaluation of Tamilnadu ecosan project will be taken up shortly.
  4. Last batch of training of CCDU officials have been completed . This year total 5 batches got training on ecosan.
  5. Tamilnadu ecosan network has been formed and they are working on compiling their work on ecosan in Tamilnadu.
  6. Important case studies on ecosan are being documented  and will be ready by next month in electronic form.
  7. Centre for science and environment is conducting training for 16 batches of municipal engineers on urban  sustainable technologies and Ecosan has been included as one.
  8. Separate session on ecosan event planned for annual water forum to be organized at Kolkata from 28-30 th october.

SOURCE : www.indiawaterportal.org

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Consultation on Sustainable Sanitation at Arghyam Trust Bangalore (9th Sept 2009)

Posted by musiri on September 19, 2009

Safe, sustainable water for all

Safe, sustainable water for all

A consultation was organised by Arghyam Trust on 9th September 2009 at Bangalore, to share civil society experiences regarding sustainable sanitation with the Planning Commission. The Planning Commission was represented at the event by Dr. Mihir Shah. The focus of the consultation was largely on rural sanitation.

Bases on the discussions and inputs from the presentations of the participants, a general consensus was built, based on which specific recommendations were made to the Planning Commission.

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National Training on Ecological Sanitation

Posted by musiri on August 28, 2009

Written by V. Ganapathy, Liaison Officer BORDA Partner - ExNoRa International

Written by V. Ganapathy, Liaison Officer BORDA Partner - ExNoRa International

A national-level training program on ‘Ecological Sanitation’ was organised by Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Institute, Kodaikanal of Plan International, with the support of the Department of Drinking Water Supply, Government of India. It was held in Trichy from 26ththrough 28thAugust, 2009 for senior officials of the Community Capacity Development Unit of the Water and Sanitation Departments of Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Jharkhand, Haryana, Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh, Orissa, Bihar and Tamil Nadu. 52 participants attended the training including officials from the Union Ministry of Drinking Water Supply and Sanitation.

SOURCE :  Borda – South Asia

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Loo and behold

Posted by musiri on May 31, 2009

Moving two-three feet inside a toilet room is easier than walking a kilometre to defecate in the open.

Moving two-three feet inside a toilet room is easier than walking a kilometre to defecate in the open.

Villages near Tiruchirapalli show the city how to manage sewage—and benefit from it
Mangalathammal remembers the day the village gathered in front of her house. The then secretary of rural development in Tamil Nadu, Shanta Sheela Nair, was also there. The year was 2005 and the subject of curiosity, a special toilet the sixtysomething had installed in her house the previous year. Its collection chamber had filled up. When the officer opened the chamber’s lid people flinched away, fearing it would stink and insects would come out crawling. “But madam opened the chamber and scooped out dehydrated excreta with her hand,” said M Mangalathammal. “My neighbours couldn’t believe this and started moving towards the toilet to have a better look.”
That was a turning point for Mangalathammal’s village Kaliyapalayan, 40 km from Tiruchirapalli. Most people in this village of over 40 households used to defecate in the open. Today, 18 houses have built toilets like hers, and more are interested.
Kaliyapalayan’s problem is peculiar.
Since it is on the banks of the Cauvery, water is found there at shallow depths of less than two metres. Low water table means pit toilets, constructed under government’s sanitation programme, do not work there. Water collected in the pit cannot percolate down because the soil is already saturated with water. Very few could afford Rs 30,000-40,000 to build a concrete septic tank, where water flows out into a drain instead of percolating down.
The land where people used to defecate—after crossing a channel and walking a kilometre—was purchased by a resident of the village in 2003. He objected to people defecating there. That’s when villagers started looking for options. They heard about a new kind of toilet in a nearby village. It was constructed above the ground and cost much less (Rs 14,000) than septic tanks.
Seventy people from Kaliyapalayan in Musiri block went to see the toilet. It did not use water for flushing; the user had to throw a handful of ash down the hole in the toilet pan. The area for washing was separate, through which the urine and water collected in a separate chamber (see ‘Collector’s item’, Down To Earth, November 16-30, 2008).

Villages near Tiruchirapalli show the city how to manage sewage—and benefit from it
Mangalathammal remembers the day the village gathered in front of her house. The then secretary of rural development in Tamil Nadu, Shanta Sheela Nair, was also there. The year was 2005 and the subject of curiosity, a special toilet the sixtysomething had installed in her house the previous year. Its collection chamber had filled up. When the officer opened the chamber’s lid people flinched away, fearing it would stink and insects would come out crawling. “But madam opened the chamber and scooped out dehydrated excreta with her hand,” said M Mangalathammal. “My neighbours couldn’t believe this and started moving towards the toilet to have a better look.”
That was a turning point for Mangalathammal’s village Kaliyapalayan, 40 km from Tiruchirapalli. Most people in this village of over 40 households used to defecate in the open. Today, 18 houses have built toilets like hers, and more are interested.
Kaliyapalayan’s problem is peculiar.
Since it is on the banks of the Cauvery, water is found there at shallow depths of less than two metres. Low water table means pit toilets, constructed under government’s sanitation programme, do not work there. Water collected in the pit cannot percolate down because the soil is already saturated with water. Very few could afford Rs 30,000-40,000 to build a concrete septic tank, where water flows out into a drain instead of percolating down.
The land where people used to defecate—after crossing a channel and walking a kilometre—was purchased by a resident of the village in 2003. He objected to people defecating there. That’s when villagers started looking for options. They heard about a new kind of toilet in a nearby village. It was constructed above the ground and cost much less (Rs 14,000) than septic tanks.
Seventy people from Kaliyapalayan in Musiri block went to see the toilet. It did not use water for flushing; the user had to throw a handful of ash down the hole in the toilet pan. The area for washing was separate, through which the urine and water collected in a separate chamber (see ‘Collector’s item’, Down To Earth, November 16-30, 2008).

SOURCE : DOWN TO EARTH

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Eco-friendly toilets in rural India

Posted by musiri on May 18, 2009

A toilet in Musiri that supplies biogas and water/ Photo credit: Down To Earth

A toilet in Musiri that supplies biogas and water/ Photo credit: Down To Earth

A village in South India has set an example for small towns by building ‘Ecosan’ toilets that use ash in flushing to turn faeces into manure. These toilets have helped in maintaining ecological sanitation and prevented a nearby river from polluting.
Mangalathammal remembers the day the village gathered in front of her house. The then secretary of rural development in Tamil Nadu, Shanta Sheela Nair, was also there. The year was 2005 and the subject of curiosity, a special toilet the sixty something had installed in her house the previous year. Its collection chamber had filled up.
When the officer opened the chamber’s lid people flinched away, fearing it would stink and insects would come out crawling. “But madam opened the chamber and scooped out dehydrated excreta with her hand,” said M. Mangalathammal. “My neighbours couldn’t believe this and started moving towards the toilet to have a better look.”
That was a turning point for Mangalathammal’s village Kaliyapalayan, 40 km from Tiruchirapalli. Most people in this village of over 40 households used to defecate in the open. Today, 18 houses have built toilets like hers, and more are interested.
SOURCE : DOWN TO EARTH

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“Take to ecological sanitation models”

Posted by musiri on February 5, 2009

M. Subburaman, Director, SCOPE, explaining features of a ecosan toilet model to Collector T. Soundiah in Tiruchi on Wednesday.

M. Subburaman, Director, SCOPE, explaining features of a ecosan toilet model to Collector T. Soundiah in Tiruchi on Wednesday.

TIRUCHI: Town panchayats and other urban local bodies should take to ecological sanitation models in a big way to overcome their problems in solid and liquid waste management, said T. Soundiah, Collector, here on Wednesday.
Local bodies should support the ventures taken up voluntary organisations, such as the Ecosan community and household toilets promoted by SCOPE at Musiri in Tiruchi district.
Executive Officers of the town panchayats and administrative heads of other local bodies should visit Musiri for gaining first hand knowledge about the Ecosan model, he said inaugurating a State level workshop on Ecological Sanitation organised by SCOPE (Society for Community Organisation and Peoples Education).
Mr. Soundiah pointed out that many local bodies were finding it increasingly difficult to dispose their wastes, be it solid or liquid wastes. The expenditure incurred for this was also increasing. Governmental efforts alone would not be enough in tackling the problem and NGOs have a vital supportive role to play. Low cost ecological sanitation models could be an effective alternative. The Ecosan toilet models promoted by SCOPE should be extended to the 17 town panchayats and all other local bodies to cover the district, he said.
M. Subburaman, Director, SCOPE, said Ecological Sanitation was an integrated and holistic approach towards handling human waste. The toilets segregate urine and the excreta, so that they can be used separately as fertilizer/manure. So far, over 10,000 Ecosan toilets have been constructed across the country and the UNICEF is sponsoring training programmes on the concept in eight States.
V. Ganapathy, Liason Officer, SCOPE, said the organisation has so far built over 1,000 Ecosan toilets in Musiri in Tiruchi district and at Kameshwaram in Nagapattinam.
The Tamil Nadu Agricultural University has completed a two-year research project on using urine as a liquid fertilizer for paddy crop and the results were expected by March.
Paul Calvert of Eco Solutions, Thiruvanathapuram, M.M.Mustafa, Director, National Research Centre on Banana, Prakash Kumar, Ecosan Consultant, Mangalathammal, a pioneer in adopting Ecosan toilets, V. Thiruvengadam, Assistant Director, Town Panchayats, and others spoke.
Executive Officers from various town panchayats and officers from other local bodies were attending the two-day workshop.
SOURCE : THE HINDU

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Bangladesh team learns from Trichy sanitation models

Posted by musiri on January 16, 2009

Written by V.Ganapathy - BORDA Partner -ExNoRa International

Written by V.Ganapathy - BORDA Partner -ExNoRa International

Networking with partners in the field of Sanitation and regular follow ups lead to most desirable results. This was proved by the decision of the Water and Sanitation Programme (WSP) of the World Bank Bangladesh to arrange for a study tour of the excellent sanitation facilities provided in Trichy City Corporation and Musiri Town Panchayat in Tamil Nadu. The Bangladesh team consisting of senior officials from the Department of Health and Sanitation, Mayors of City Corporations and Officials of Local Government Units (LGUs), visited Musiri Town Panchayat and Trichy City for an on- the-spot study of the decentralized system of wastewater management (DEWATS) in Musiri and Trichy and solid waste management in Musiri, Thottiyam and Trichy City.

According to Mr.Vivek Raman of WSP, New Delhi, “The main purpose of the study tour was to help team members learn how the LGUs in close co-ordination with the NGOs and government had obtained technical and financial support for such schemes and also O & M practices” The team observed the DEWATS systems in Trichy City Corporation and Musiri Town Panchayat, both established by the Local Bodies with technical support from BORDA through ExNoRa International. The team members were especially impressed by the deep and committed involvement of the Self-Help Women Groups in the operation and maintenance of the DEWATS in Trichy and in the composting of garbage collected after primary segregation. The local bodies arranged for the transport and processing of garbage.

Source by : Borda South Asia

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Scope for converting human waste into useful crop manure

Posted by musiri on December 4, 2008

ECOLOGICAL SANITATION: The urine collection and dilution tank, in the forefront and paddy harvest at Musiri in Tamil Nadu.

ECOLOGICAL SANITATION: The urine collection and dilution tank, in the forefront and paddy harvest at Musiri in Tamil Nadu.

Human waste may invariably evoke strong and repulsive reactions.
“But scientific studies in different parts of the world have proved that human excreta particularly urine will become as precious as gold if only mankind knows how to manage it scientifically,” says Mr. M. Subburaman , Director, Society fo r Community Organization and People’s Education (SCOPE) at Tiruchi, Tamil Nadu.
Every individual produces on an average 450 to 500 litres of urine and 60 kgs of faeces per annum.
Human urine is by far the largest contributor of wastewater. About 80 per cent of nitrogen and 50 per cent of phosphorus derived from urine accounts for just one percent of the volume of wastewater.
Good results
According to Mr. M. Subburaman, research all over the world has revealed that urine when used as a fertilizer has yielded excellent results in crop yield.
However these studies have been done only in European countries where the climate and soil conditions are different from our country.
The Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore (TNAU) has taken up studies on the impact of urine on paddy crops and also on urine storage under tropical conditions.
The University signed an MOU with SCOPE for a research project (for two years) and at a cost of Rs.4.2 lakhs to conduct trials on paddy crops at Musiri village in Tamil Nadu by using urine as a liquid spray. (the outcome of the research will be officially announced by the University soon.)
“Fertilizers such as urea, phosphate and potash were applied to crops grown in experimental plots and diluted urine was applied three to four times as a spray. The spray was stopped one month before harvest,” Mr. Subburaman says.
SCOPE has specialized in ecological sanitation which aims at ensuring safe and sustainable management of human excreta, which at the moment contaminate the environment.
Organic manure
“If at least 35 per cent of the people in our country having toilets switch over to ecosan toilets, it will enable the country to produce over 65 million tonnes of fertilizer (N,P,K) which is environmentally friendly form of organic manure.
This can save our government from spending nearly Rs.800 crore every year in its budget for buying fertilizers,” explained Mr. V.Ganapathy, Liaison Officer. But sourcing the urine was a big problem initially, because sizable quantities of human urine were not available for our research.
Open defecation
“Due to open defecation by over 65 per cent of the population and inability to collect urine from those who were using pit latrines, septic tanks and sewage systems made it impossible for us to collect urine for research.,” explains Mr. Subburaman.
In what way has this ecosan toilet helped?
By constructing ecosan toilets, urine collection has become easier. There is a separate provision in the ecosan toilet for collecting the urine and faeces separately and this type of toilet is more environment friendly as the need for water usage has drastically come down.
Collected separately
The urine, faeces and washwater are collected separately and the urine is used for agriculture.
The faeces gets composted in the ecosan chamber and is free from E-Coli and salmonella, when it gets dehydrated in a period of about 8 months.
The washwater may contain some particles of faeces and the same from the ecosan toilet is collected in a filter bed and allowed to ooze out into the ground for promoting plant growth.

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Learning new practices at Musiri

Posted by musiri on October 22, 2008

Arne R. Panesar, senior expert, GTZ, tries his hand at a grinding stone, as Petra Bierwirth, member of the German parliament, watches at Musiri near Tiruchi.

Arne R. Panesar, senior expert, GTZ, tries his hand at a grinding stone, as Petra Bierwirth, member of the German parliament, watches at Musiri near Tiruchi.

TIRUCHI: A German parliamentarian and three of her countrymen have been spending the past four days with a couple of low-income group families at Musiri near here, studying Ecosan toilets, touted as an alternative model of sanitation that helps to conserve water and convert human waste into compost.

A family of weaver and another doing mat finishing work, both with Ecosan toilets in their homes, played host to the German team, which includes Petra Bierwirth, a member of the Bundestag and chairwoman of the Committee on Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety.

The home stay was part of an exposure dialogue programme, organised by the German Technical Cooperation (GTZ), a voluntary organisation, to study the Ecosan technology.

Ecosan toilets are a cost-effective alternative to the commonly used flush toilets, especially in water-scarce areas. They segregate urine and human excreta. The solid waste is left to compost in a pit and it could be used as fertilizer. The urine could also be used for irrigation. Three separate research projects are under way in the Musiri region.

SCOPE, a voluntary organisation, has promoted 600 Ecosan toilets in and around Musiri, besides a couple of community toilets.

The toilets, it was claimed, helped to conserve 60 per cent of the water, compared with flush toilets. The Germans appear to be convinced of the efficacy and viability of the technology.

“It is a good model, and more people in India need such toilets,” says Ms. Bierwirth, clad in a salwar kameez and sporting mehndi on one hand, and looking relaxed.

She and Arne R. Panesar, senior expert, GTZ, have been staying with the Murugesans, traditional weavers.

Water conservation is one of the foremost things on their minds. “Though it is not an immediate problem back home, we too feel the responsibility. India has a great chance now of promoting such alternative sanitation systems,” says Dr. Panesar.

Already a change has come over the Murugesan family.

“Their daughter and the son refuse to defecate in the open. The family has even decided to finance the toilet of their daughter’s house , after she is married,” reveals Ms. Bierwirth.

Thomas Henke, regional appointee for Asia, KFW Development Bank, and Julia Littman, a journalist, who have been staying with the Manickams some distance away, too seem satisfied. “We also used the toilets; there is no odour, and it is clean. Though vastly different from home, it is not much of a culture shock,” is the reaction of Ms. Littman.

“We can give money and share our knowledge after this firsthand experience,” Ms. Bierwirth said, asked whether she would lobby back home for funding such projects in Asia.

This is one of the four German teams now in the country for home stay visits at Musiri, Pune, Bangalore and Ahmedabad.

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India, Tamil Nadu: city pays residents to use toilet

Posted by musiri on July 9, 2008

On 7 July 2008, CNN (and several other media) reported about the town of Musiri in Tamil Nadu, that “has hit upon a unique idea to teach its residents proper hygiene: pay them money each time they use the toilet. Users can make up to $0.14 a month to relieve themselves in a specially constructed toilet”. […] “The government-backed program serves two purpose: It encourages people to discard age-old practices of urinating and defecating in the open, leading to diseases. And the waste product goes into research to test their effectiveness as fertilizers”.

The scheme started on the festive day of Pongal (Tamil harvest festival) on 15 January 2008. Users are paid ten paise per visit to the Ecosan Community Compost Toilet (ECCT) in Saliyar Street in Musiri.  The payment is made, on a monthly basis, to all card-holders who use the ECCT. Said to be the first ECCT in the country, it was officially opened by the Society for Community Organisation and Peoples Education (SCOPE) in April 2006.

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Why public toilets should pay you.

Posted by musiri on July 9, 2008

Crap and Trade

Crap and Trade

What? You’ve been giving away your urine for free?
All these years, you’ve been sitting there like an idiot—or standing, or squatting, or whatever it is you do—pissing away a perfectly good liquid asset. Turns out, you could have sold it.
Many of us haven’t just been giving our waste away; we’ve been paying to unload it. Hundreds of cities have automated public toilets, known as APTs. In New York or Los Angeles, you drop in a quarter, and the door opens. But your quarter hardly pays the bills. New York’s new APTs reportedly cost more than $100,000 apiece; Los Angeles’ cost $300,000; Seattle installed five at a cost of $6.6 million. At 25 cents a flush, 20 to 130 times a day, a toilet brings in only $2,000 to $11,000 per year.

What? You’ve been giving away your urine for free?
All these years, you’ve been sitting there like an idiot—or standing, or squatting, or whatever it is you do—pissing away a perfectly good liquid asset. Turns out, you could have sold it.
Many of us haven’t just been giving our waste away; we’ve been paying to unload it. Hundreds of cities have automated public toilets, known as APTs. In New York or Los Angeles, you drop in a quarter, and the door opens. But your quarter hardly pays the bills. New York’s new APTs reportedly cost more than $100,000 apiece; Los Angeles’ cost $300,000; Seattle installed five at a cost of $6.6 million. At 25 cents a flush, 20 to 130 times a day, a toilet brings in only $2,000 to $11,000 per year.

SOURCE : SLATE

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Get Paid to Pee, EcoSan Toilets in Musiri

Posted by musiri on July 7, 2008

EcoSan Toilets in Musiri

EcoSan Toilets in Musiri

If you want fast cash in India, all you have to do is visit a public restroom.
While countries like Germany charge you to use public restrooms, a new campaign in a rural town in Southern India is actually paying potential patrons in order to encourage use of the ecosan (ecological sanitation) facilities.
They’re offering people in Musiri, a town in the Tamil Nadu state, close to a dollar to use the urinals, an iniatiave they home will improve hygiene in the area as well as doubling as a research project. By taking urine samples, an agricultural university is testing its quality as a fertilizer.

If you want fast cash in India, all you have to do is visit a public restroom.
While countries like Germany charge you to use public restrooms, a new campaign in a rural town in Southern India is actually paying potential patrons in order to encourage use of the ecosan (ecological sanitation) facilities.
They’re offering people in Musiri, a town in the Tamil Nadu state, close to a dollar to use the urinals, an iniatiave they home will improve hygiene in the area as well as doubling as a research project. By taking urine samples, an agricultural university is testing its quality as a fertilizer.

SOURCE : trendhunter.com

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Cleanliness drive: Every visit to toilet earns 10 paise

Posted by musiri on July 2, 2008

Rural India is awash in a sanitation revolution

Rural India is awash in a sanitation revolution

Tiruchi: In a bid to encourage people in the lower middle-class to use toilets, the Society for Community Organization and People’s Education (SCOPE), has come up with the idea of paying residents using toilet facilities. The urine collected from Saliyar Street in Musiri, a small town near Tiruchi in Tamil Nadu, also goes for research to test its efficacy as a fertilizer.
All a person needs to do is flash his/her user card after using the toilet and get a tick mark against the particular date to indicate that he or she should be paid 10 paise for the visit. Residents are given user cards and paid on a monthly basis; most families make upto Rs 30 at the end of each month — provided they’ve emptied their bladders into the pot a sufficient number of times each day.
It’s a win-win situation for the university which now readily gets pure urine in sizable quantities for research — on an average, about 250 litres. According to C Ponniah, professor, Department of Soil and Crops, Agricultural College and Research Institute, Killikulam in Thoothukudi, application of urine as liquid fertilizer for paddy could reduce fertilizer cost by 25% for farmers.
“Urine contains nitrogen in the form of ammonia, which is most suitable for crops”, said Ponniah. TNAU is carrying out the research, funded by the Netherlands-based group WASTE, on a plot located near the toilets. The site is divided into 30 plots and paddy crop is raised in the area with varying dosages of urine. The crop condition is being monitored closely and developments under various parameters are being recorded.

SOURCE : Sulabhenvis

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Use toilets, get rich

Posted by musiri on January 22, 2008

'pay and use' toilets

'pay and use' toilets

Preposterous but true. There are enough ‘pay and use’ toilets, but in Trichy district of Tamil Nadu, all those using the Ecosan Community Compost Toilet in Saliyar Street, Musiri, will get paid. The scheme started from the festive day of Pongal on January 15.

Users will be paid ten paise per visit to ECCT. The payment will be made to all card-holders who will be using the ECCT on a monthly basis, said M.Subburaman, Director, Society for Community Organisation and Peoples Education.

The first Ecosan Community Compost Toilet in the country in Saliyar Street is functioning for the past 18 months. Every fortnight on an average 250 litres of urine is collected and the same is used for farming purposes.

The Tamil Nadu Agricultural University is studying the use of urine as liquid fertiliser for the past one year under an MoU signed by SCOPE with the university. WASTE, an agency in Netherlands, has provided Rs 400,000 for the two-year research project.

“This is the first time anywhere in the world that toilet users are being paid, so they will appreciate the value of human waste – nay, wealth,” says Subburaman.

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Beauty contest for toilets!

Posted by musiri on July 14, 2007

NAGAPATTINAM: The village of Kameshwaram in this coastal district will witness a unique “beauty contest” on July 14 – that of ecological toilets.
There will be no cat walks by good looking youngsters but the stars of the day would be ‘ecosan toilets’, most suited for tsunami-hit sandy coastal areas.
The “first toilet beauty contest”, organised by friends in need (fin France) and Scope (society for community organization and people’s education) Tiruchirappalli, leaders in ecological sanitation in India, is to reward the pioneering users of the ecosan toilets.
Eligibility for participating in the contest is limited to the first batch of 100 “ecosan toilet families” in the village who are using them properly and maintaining well the kitchen garden watered by the urine from the toilet.
The contest is part of the three-day Millennium Development Goals (MDG) conference being organised by INRA (Institute National de la recherche) France, UN-ami (friends in need) France, the Bharathidasan university and SCOPE in Tiruchirappalli from July 12.
Besides cash awards ranging from Rs 1,000 to Rs 5,000 under three categories, all participants would be given a prize on July 14, M Subburaman, director Scope, said.
The theme of the conference, the first of its kind in the country, is “role of technology and innovation in attainment of the MDG-food security, socio-economic and environmental security and health in marginalized zones in India.”
These low-cost toilets save precious water and send out by products which could be used as manure. It would help public understand the role of ecological sanitation in promoting a sustainable and clean environment.

NAGAPATTINAM: The village of Kameshwaram in this coastal district will witness a unique “beauty contest” on July 14 – that of ecological toilets.
There will be no cat walks by good looking youngsters but the stars of the day would be ‘ecosan toilets’, most suited for tsunami-hit sandy coastal areas.
The “first toilet beauty contest”, organised by friends in need (fin France) and Scope (society for community organization and people’s education) Tiruchirappalli, leaders in ecological sanitation in India, is to reward the pioneering users of the ecosan toilets.
Eligibility for participating in the contest is limited to the first batch of 100 “ecosan toilet families” in the village who are using them properly and maintaining well the kitchen garden watered by the urine from the toilet.
The contest is part of the three-day Millennium Development Goals (MDG) conference being organised by INRA (Institute National de la recherche) France, UN-ami (friends in need) France, the Bharathidasan university and SCOPE in Tiruchirappalli from July 12.
Besides cash awards ranging from Rs 1,000 to Rs 5,000 under three categories, all participants would be given a prize on July 14, M Subburaman, director Scope, said.
The theme of the conference, the first of its kind in the country, is “role of technology and innovation in attainment of the MDG-food security, socio-economic and environmental security and health in marginalized zones in India.”
These low-cost toilets save precious water and send out by products which could be used as manure. It would help public understand the role of ecological sanitation in promoting a sustainable and clean environment.

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The winning entry in the ecosan toilet beauty contest conducted in tsunami-hit Kameshwaram village in Nagapattinam

Posted by musiri on July 14, 2007

The winning entry in the ecosan toilet beauty contest conducted in tsunami-hit Kameshwaram village in Nagapattinam district on July 14, 2007.

The winning entry in the ecosan toilet beauty contest conducted in tsunami-hit Kameshwaram village in Nagapattinam district on July 14, 2007.

Sanitation has indeed been an issue, initially in the temporary shelters and then in most permanent habitats. There has been some experimentation too, sometimes at the expense of the victims. Sanitation, both in terms of solid and liquid waste management in the tsunami habitats, was considered a major area that needed to be addressed. In fact, improving sanitation in the tsunami shelters is the biggest challenge now. For one thing, fishermen had never used toilets before. The sea and coastline was their open toilet.

Accommodating tens of thousands of fishermen families into temporary shelters was a major challenge. A host of NGOs adopted a multi-pronged strategy to promote the concept of sanitation. The focus was on creating a demand for better sanitation. The results, though slow to come, are now apparent. The ecosan model, promoted by SCOPE, a Tiruchi-based NGO, at Kameshwaram village in Nagapattinam district is cited as one of the successful models by the UNDP document. The village has since been awarded the Nirmal Puraskar award for achieving 100 per cent sanitation.

Given the high water table in the coastal village, pit latrines, the only model available, was not considered suitable. The ecosan dry toilet model is considered highly suitable for such places. SCOPE has already pioneered the model in villages along the Cauvery river in the Musiri region of Tiruchi. Under the ecosan system, urine and faeces are separated and diverted at source. A modified pan is built to collect the faeces in a chamber below the pedestal unit, and urine is collected separately in a container. The wash water is led into a filter bed outside the toilet. Ash, lime or soil is sprinkled after every use. The faeces are left to compost and transform into a safe fertiliser. The urine can be treated separately and also used for irrigation.

SOURCE : THE HINDU

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Inspection of ECOSAN toilets

Posted by musiri on November 11, 2006

TIRUCHI : The Secretary, Rural Development, Shantha Sheela Nair, and Ms. Christine Werner, Project Team Leader, ECOSAN GTZ Germany, on Tuesday, inspected ECOSAN toilets constructed by SCOPE, an NGO of Tiruchi in Kaliyapalayam and Sevanthilingapuram. They also inspected the works on the construction of the maiden community ECOSAN compost toilet in Musiri at an outlay of Rs. 8 lakhs.
Ms. Christine Werner declared open the first closed chamber of compost toilet in the house of Mrs. Shenbagavalli at Kaliyapalayam.
The Director of SCOPE, M. Subburaman, said three community compost toilets and about 300 individual household compost toilets were being constructed with the help of WASTE of Netherlands in Musiri.
The Project Officer, District Rural Development Agency, M. Manohara Singh, and the District Coordinator of the Total Sanitation Campaign, Virginia Janet, accompanied Ms. Nair.
SOURCE : THE HINDU

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Toilets attract Biharis

Posted by musiri on July 14, 2006

The ECOSAN toilets constructed in Musiri and two surrounding villages by Society for Community Organisation and Peoples Education (SCOPE) with financial assistance from District Rural Development Agency (DRDA), Netherlands-based WASTE and UNICEF have proved a big success. A 10-member team of officials from Bihar led by Deputy Development Commissioner Ram Brahma Choudhary paid a visit to Musiri, Sevanthilingapuram and Kaliyapalayam on Thursday.
They opened and took out the compost from the ECOSAN toilet in the house of Mrs. Thavasi Muthayyan of Kaliyapalayam, which was closed seven months back. They later visited the ECOSAN community compost toilet on the banks of the Cauvery at Musiri. The team comprising officials of health, and education departments and Engineers of Vaishali district of Bihar, said the exposure visit to Musiri, was to enable them to construct similar ones in Bihar, with UNICEF support.
M. Subburaman, Director, SCOPE explained to them various aspects of ECOSAN toilets and how they helped prevention of water contamination.
The District Coordinator, Total Sanitation Campaign, Janet Virginia, president of the Evoor panchayat, K. Paramasivam, and SHG leader from Kaliyapalayam, Mangalathammal explained to the visiting team advantages of compost toilets as an ideal model for prevention of open defecation in high water logging as well as water scarce areas.

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