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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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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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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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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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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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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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Decentralised wastewater treatment system

Posted by musiri on January 26, 2006

TIRUCHI : The Musiri Special Village Panchayat near here will have a decentralised wastewater treatment system at a cost of Rs.5.1 lakhs.
While the district administration has sanctioned Rs.3.1 lakhs, and the Exnora International Chennai, has released the balance Rs.2 lakhs.
Inaugurating the work on the construction of the building for the system at the panchayat on Thursday, the chairperson of the Musiri Town Panchayat, Vidhya Muthukumar, said solid waste management programme has been introduced in all 18 wards with segregation at each and every house.
The Assistant Director, Special village Panchayat, K. Pandurangan, and the District Environmental Engineer, Tamilnadu Pollution Control Board, Rajasekaran, stressed the need for source segregation for successful composting.
The Director, SCOPE, M. Subburaman, said that Musiri had already found a place in the sanitation and water conservation map of the country with the construction of the first Community ECOSAN toilet at a cost of Rs. eight Lakhs.
About 300 ECOSAN household toilets will be constructed in the panchayat with the assistance of WASTE of Netherlands.
The Project Co-ordinator, Exnora International, Chennai, T. Vijayanand, Chennai and Advisor, Tiruchi District Exnora, V. Ganapathy, spoke.

TIRUCHI : The Musiri Special Village Panchayat near here will have a decentralised wastewater treatment system at a cost of Rs.5.1 lakhs.
While the district administration has sanctioned Rs.3.1 lakhs, and the Exnora International Chennai, has released the balance Rs.2 lakhs.
Inaugurating the work on the construction of the building for the system at the panchayat on Thursday, the chairperson of the Musiri Town Panchayat, Vidhya Muthukumar, said solid waste management programme has been introduced in all 18 wards with segregation at each and every house.
The Assistant Director, Special village Panchayat, K. Pandurangan, and the District Environmental Engineer, Tamilnadu Pollution Control Board, Rajasekaran, stressed the need for source segregation for successful composting.
The Director, SCOPE, M. Subburaman, said that Musiri had already found a place in the sanitation and water conservation map of the country with the construction of the first Community ECOSAN toilet at a cost of Rs. eight Lakhs.
About 300 ECOSAN household toilets will be constructed in the panchayat with the assistance of WASTE of Netherlands.
The Project Co-ordinator, Exnora International, Chennai, T. Vijayanand, Chennai and Advisor, Tiruchi District Exnora, V. Ganapathy, spoke.

SOURCE : THE HINDU

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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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