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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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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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“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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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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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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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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Eco-san compost toilet project for flats planned

Posted by musiri on April 9, 2006

musiri-special-town-panchayat

musiri-special-town-panchayat

TIRUCHI : Even while experimenting with the success of the eco-san compost toilet project in Musiri special village panchayat on the banks of the Cauvery in the district, the Society for Community Organisation and People’s Education, a non-governmental organisation, has planned to implement it at flats in the urban limits.

Addressing presspersons here on Saturday, the Director, SCOPE, M. Subburaman, said a workshop would be held around June this year, in which builders, flat promoters, civil engineers and environmentalists would be convinced of the advantages of eco-san toilets, particularly reduction in the use of water in toilets, prevention of contamination of underground water and above all efficient utilisation of urine and human excreta for composting to enhance soil fertility and agricultural productivity.

The SCOPE, the WASTE Netherlands and the Musiri special village panchayat have been implementing a special scheme `Musiri Ecosan Pilot Project’ to protect the groundwater table.

He said that a community eco-san toilet, constructed with funds sanctioned by the `Waste Netherlands’ at Rs. eight lakhs, first of its kind in the country, would be declared open on April 11 by former Vice-Chancellor of Gandhi Gram Rural Institute, N. Markandan.

The Advisor, SCOPE, V. Ganapathy, said Musiri’s advantage of water-table just a few feet below the ground also proved its disadvantage, making it a high-risk zone for contamination of the resource, as a large volume of water is used at the toilets.

Work on one community toilet and 60 household units had been completed against the plan of two community toilets and 500 individual units, he said.

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Pilot project for eco-san toilets at Musiri

Posted by musiri on September 17, 2005

HEALTHY MOVE: K. Nanda Kishore, Collector, laying the foundation for the eco-san community toilet on the banks of the Cauvery in Musiri recently. — PHOTO: R. M. RAJARATHINAM.

HEALTHY MOVE: K. Nanda Kishore, Collector, laying the foundation for the eco-san community toilet on the banks of the Cauvery in Musiri recently. — PHOTO: R. M. RAJARATHINAM.

TIRUCHI: : With a view to protecting the Cauvery from the pollution caused by night soil in Musiri, a special village panchayat about 35 km from here on the banks of the river, a massive project to construct 500 eco-san compost toilets and two community toilets has been taken up with joint efforts by the District Rural Development Agency and non-governmental organisations.
This aside, a solid waste management programme with segregation of the waste at source, for making compost has also been launched.
Called the `Musiri Pilot Project’, the programme involves an outlay of Rs. 50 lakhs and will be completed by December 2006.
Musiri is criss-crossed with irrigational canals and only 2,900 out of a total 6,200 houses have domestic toilets. Fifty per cent of the total population of 38,000 resort to open defecation, contaminating the Cauvery.
Also, many were unable to construct flush-out design toilets since the water table in the town is high owing to proximity of the river and irrigational canals.
The ecosan design was found rather more convenient for the Musiri region, as it involves the principle of `more ash and less water’. The night soil could be converted into compost.
The Society for Community Organisation and Peoples Education (SCOPE), a non-governmental organisation has entered into an agreement with WASTE Netherlands to construct the toilets.
While Rs. 5,000 would be spent for individual toilets, a sum of Rs. eight lakhs each would be spent for the community toilets.
Speaking after laying the foundation for one of the community toilets at Saliya Street, Tiruchi Collector K. Nanda Kishore stressed the need for protecting the Cauvery from the effluents and human soil. He sought the cooperation of the local residents to construct household toilets.
The Director, SCOPE, M. Subburaman, said individual toilets would be constructed on an outlay of Rs. 5,000 each including financial assistance of Rs.2,000 from the WASTE Netherlands, a subsidy of Rs. 600 from the DRDA under the Total Sanitation Campaign and individual’s contribution besides bank loan.
The toilets constructed on a trial basis at Kaliyampalayam village, a nearby hamlet, proved to be a success with the compost, free from foul smell, being used as an efficient bio-manure, replacing the chemical fertilisers.
The Advisor, Tiruchi District Exnora, V. Ganapathy, said adequate awareness would be created among the masses on the need to protect the Cauvery from the pollution. The second community toilet would be constructed at Parisilthurai.
The president of the Musiri special panchayat, M. Vidhya Muthukumar, and the Assistant Director of Special Panchayats, G. Pandurangan were among those who spoke.
Later, the Collector inspected the Mettu Vaikkal near the Cauvery and discussed the steps for its proper up-keep, with the officials and office bearers of service organisations.
He also gave away the vehicles to 10 women members of the Cauvery Self-Help Group marking the inauguration of the solid waste management programme in all wards in the town.

TIRUCHI: : With a view to protecting the Cauvery from the pollution caused by night soil in Musiri, a special village panchayat about 35 km from here on the banks of the river, a massive project to construct 500 eco-san compost toilets and two community toilets has been taken up with joint efforts by the District Rural Development Agency and non-governmental organisations.
This aside, a solid waste management programme with segregation of the waste at source, for making compost has also been launched.
Called the `Musiri Pilot Project’, the programme involves an outlay of Rs. 50 lakhs and will be completed by December 2006.
Musiri is criss-crossed with irrigational canals and only 2,900 out of a total 6,200 houses have domestic toilets. Fifty per cent of the total population of 38,000 resort to open defecation, contaminating the Cauvery.
Also, many were unable to construct flush-out design toilets since the water table in the town is high owing to proximity of the river and irrigational canals.
The ecosan design was found rather more convenient for the Musiri region, as it involves the principle of `more ash and less water’. The night soil could be converted into compost.
The Society for Community Organisation and Peoples Education (SCOPE), a non-governmental organisation has entered into an agreement with WASTE Netherlands to construct the toilets.
While Rs. 5,000 would be spent for individual toilets, a sum of Rs. eight lakhs each would be spent for the community toilets.
Speaking after laying the foundation for one of the community toilets at Saliya Street, Tiruchi Collector K. Nanda Kishore stressed the need for protecting the Cauvery from the effluents and human soil. He sought the cooperation of the local residents to construct household toilets.
The Director, SCOPE, M. Subburaman, said individual toilets would be constructed on an outlay of Rs. 5,000 each including financial assistance of Rs.2,000 from the WASTE Netherlands, a subsidy of Rs. 600 from the DRDA under the Total Sanitation Campaign and individual’s contribution besides bank loan.
The toilets constructed on a trial basis at Kaliyampalayam village, a nearby hamlet, proved to be a success with the compost, free from foul smell, being used as an efficient bio-manure, replacing the chemical fertilisers.
The Advisor, Tiruchi District Exnora, V. Ganapathy, said adequate awareness would be created among the masses on the need to protect the Cauvery from the pollution. The second community toilet would be constructed at Parisilthurai.
The president of the Musiri special panchayat, M. Vidhya Muthukumar, and the Assistant Director of Special Panchayats, G. Pandurangan were among those who spoke.
Later, the Collector inspected the Mettu Vaikkal near the Cauvery and discussed the steps for its proper up-keep, with the officials and office bearers of service organisations.
He also gave away the vehicles to 10 women members of the Cauvery Self-Help Group marking the inauguration of the solid waste management programme in all wards in the town.

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