Above picture: A textile mill in Coimbatore, India, where the prototype sanitation system is being tested in a real-world setting. Credit – Shamsheer Yousaf
Researchers at Duke University have installed an experimental “reinvented toilet” at a textile mill in Coimbatore, India, to serve as a real-world testing site.
The leaders of the new decentralized waste processing system hope that the trial will lead to commercialized solutions produced through the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Reinvent the Toilet Challenge.
Our toilet project continues to make its way into the news!
This time it was in a piece published on the Financial Times web site. In it, they talk about both our sanitation system and the one being worked on at Cranfield University in Britain.
Our project recently got a great feature article in The News & Observer. It spanned the history of the project, the global challenges we are trying to solve, as well as a particular focus on our TOWR system collaboration with partners US Army Natick.
A recent article published on CNN Travel talks about the recent push to drastically improve the public toilet systems throughout China in an effort to boost tourism.
President Xi Jinping has fully embraced his country’s recent toilet revolution (which launched in 2015):
Voicing the concerns of many a wary traveler, the communist leader said clean toilets were the cornerstone of a civilized society and would help boost travel to China as well as improving the hygiene of the masses.
Today in Ahmedabad, we hosted Roshan Shrestha (from The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation) at our Duke RTI prototype site.
Also in attendance in the picture above were collaborators from CEPT Faculty of Planning and technical staff from CEPT’s Center for WSH, RTI and L&T on-site team.
Congratulations to our Liquids Team on their recent research report published on RTI International’s site!
Titled “Development of an Electrochemical Process for Blackwater Disinfection in a Freestanding, Additive-Free Toilet”
Solids System Update: TOWR Trailer Unit Opens to Users on RTI Campus
North Carolina, United States
Early in July, the Toilet with Onsite Waste Remediation (TOWR) trailer, a research endeavor jointly funded by US Army Natick and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, opened to the public for use. Users can visit the comfortable, temperature controlled Western style toilet, make “donations” and anonymously note their comments if they’d like.
Congratulations to our Liquids Team on their recent paper published in the Water and Environment Journal!
Titled “Electrochemical disinfection of repeatedly recycled blackwater in a free-standing, additive-free toilet”
Solids System Update:
North Carolina, United States
The Solids team has spent the majority of our time as of late working on the trailer mobile unit, getting a fecal processing system similar to the one in our lab, up and running and making improvements to the control logic.