Published in: 2014
Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI), Stockholm, Sweden
This fact sheet describes a pilot project that supported construction of household ecological sanitation (ecosan) toilets specially adapted to be resistant to seasonal flooding, in a poor rural community in India's Bihar State.
In Burmi Tola hamlet, seasonal flooding adds to the already serious pollution and health risks associated with open defecation. Many simple dry sanitation systems, including soak-pit latrines, the only type of sanitation previously tried in the community, break down or overflow during flooding.
In order to reduce costs and build local ownership, the project supported professional construction of flood-proofed raised toilet substructures, while households built the superstructure according to their means and preferences. This approach, supported with long-term follow-up, successfully built acceptance, and toilets were built for most households in Burmi Tola as well as some in nearby communities.
Andersson, K. (2014). Flood-resistant ecological sanitation takes off in a rural community - Factsheet. Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI), Stockholm, Sweden
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