To support the development of potential solutions that will make it possible for Omni Ingestor (OI), a road side unit plus extraction solution, to more effectively process trash
Workshop for Omni Ingestor (OI) pumping systems trash handling
Image: Spoilt for choice – perusing the sorted options for the design of OIs for different duties
The objective of the project was to assemble a team of experts to investigate the challenges and to develop concepts and mock-ups of possible equipment to overcome these challenges.
Two workshops, together with relevant field trips were held in Durban, South Africa and Bangalore in India in which technical people with knowledge, experience or interest in designing equipment to empty pit latrines were brought together in order to:
(i) view a variety of pits in different locations (Zambia, Tanzania, Durban and India) to gain a context of the problems associated with the challenge of emptying pits;
(ii) (visit the faecal sludge characterization laboratory at the PRG (Durban) to become familiar with the facilities;
(iii) participate in facilitated workshops to conceptualize and design appropriate mock-ups of equipment for emptying the different types of pit latrine sludge.
These events took place from the 18th to 29th April 2016 (Africa) and the 12th to 19th June 2016 (India).
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Emptying and transport (non sewered) Faecal sludge treatment processes Global Practitioners Product design and engineering Sub-Saharan Africa University, education or research institution
University of KwaZulu-Natal
Elisabeth von Muench (Elisabeth)
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