Published in: 2013
Ghana Sustainable Aid Project (GSAP), Jamestown, Rhode Island, USA
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This library entry contains background documents for a grant that Stephen Mecca is leading and which is funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
Further information and a discussion is available on the SuSanA discussion Forum, see link below.
Short description of the project:
The GCE R6 grant enabled GSAP to bring together the Microflush valve and the Biofil digester, a macro-organism enhanced aerobic digester and field test these in several configurations (household- school and public toilets) in a rural community in Ghana. The results have been impressive for the technology. The implications for household toilets are most promising though the cost has had to be addressed. The challenge is going to scale. The S-Lab at Providence College has succeeded in developing a locally sourced and fabricated version of a GSAP Microflush toilet at drastically reduced cost.
The goal of the original project was to develop and field test in Ghana a prototype toilet facility that incorporates the digester to decompose waste along with a microflush valve that uses minimal amounts (~150 cc) of grey water from hand washing.
Objectives: Assess the functioning of the toilets in field settings.
Research or implementation partners: GSAP and the S-Lab at Providence College
Authors: Mecca, S., Davis, H., Davis, A.
Start and end date: Mai 2011 until 31 Oct 2012
Documents available for download below:
1 - The microflush/biofil system: results to date of prototype installations in Ghana (presentation at FSM2 Conference in Durban, South Africa, Oct. 2012)
2 - Application of GSAP Microflush toilets: a sustainable development approach to rural and peri-urban sanitation (paper at Ecosystems and Sustainable Development Conference IX, 2013)
Mecca, S. (2013). Prototype microflush-biofil toilet facilities - Various documents on results from research grant. Ghana Sustainable Aid Project (GSAP), Jamestown, Rhode Island, USA
English Fundamental research and engineering North America Sub-Saharan Africa
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