The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation sponsored Reinvent the Toilet Challenge (RTTC) Toilet Fair in New Delhi is a land-mark event bringing together researchers and practitioners developing innovative waste treatment technologies around the world. Holding the Fair in India in March 2014 is an excellent opportunity to link with India’s research and development community, and engage with Government officials, NGOs and the private sector that are working across India to address India’s huge sanitation opportunities and challenges.

Exhibits at the Fair are presenting radically new ways of tackling the human waste treatment challenge. All are putting on display early stage innovations for waste treatment and toilet systems. The RTI booth at the Fair (Booth #69) presents a technology and user interface prototype which meets the Gates Foundation RTTC criteria for a:

  • “Off-grid” system that does not require an external source of electricity, water or sewer.
  • Waste treatment system that treats pathogens on-site.
  • Affordable system that operates on no more than 5 cents per person / per day.
  • Aspirational waste treatment and toilet system that may have appeal for both developed and developing countries application.
The RTI Unit Fully Treats All Human Waste and Is 100% Off Grid – Requiring No External Power or Water.

Updates from the Fair!

Sustainable Sanitation Alliance Interviews Brian Stoner
March 31, 2014

On March 21, 2014, during the Reinvent the Toilet Fair, Brian Stoner had the pleasure of being interviewed by Elisabeth von Muench from (Sustainable Sanitation Alliance (SuSanA)) at Taj Palace Hotel in Delhi, India. The two-part interview was filmed by Arno Rosemarin (SEI).

In the first part, Brian introduces our system and in the second part, he walks them through each part of the waste management process, describing the features therein.

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Thoughts From the Fair on World Water Day
March 22, 2014

While it is true that we’ve been surrounded by toilets, emerging technologies, people in inflatable poop suits and have enjoyed talks on the best ways to deal with number one and Mister Poo, we haven’t lost sight at all of what today is: World Water Day.

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Today is the World Water Day, and what an amazing way to celebrate it!
March 22, 2014

ROCA Team

The We Are Water Foundation is proud to participate in the Reinvent The Toilet Challenge, Delhi 2014. In our booth, visitors will see for themselves the result of 15 months of collaborative effort from the RTI team to produce a waste treatment unit that is self sufficient and poised to be installed soon in a field test in Ahmabad (India).

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“Meet Raya, the Newest Member of the Sesame Family”
March 21, 2014

2.5 Billion people currently do not have access to safe toilets. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Water, Sanitation & Hygiene program focuses on the development of tools and technologies that can lead to sustainable and marked improvements in sanitation in the developing world. Sesame Workshop, the non-profit educational organization behind Sesame Street, has been selected to join the 2014 “Reinvent The Toilet Fair: India” to showcase critical health messages as part of its Cleaner, Healthier, Happier campaign designed to reach children and families across Bangladesh, India and Nigeria.

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We are not alone in this endeavor.
March 21, 2014

One of the things you’ll notice the minute you walk on the grounds of the “Reinvent the Toilet Fair” here in Delhi, is just how many groups have joined in to solve this huge problem we are facing around the wolrd. It’s really an amazing sight to see!

Each and every one of these groups brings thoughts, ideas, prototypes and, most importantly, passion to the table to solve the world’s crippling sanitation crisis.

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Please pardon our dust…
March 19, 2014

We’ve arrived in New Delhi, India and so has our beloved cargo! 🙂

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We are currently building our toilet after it’s long trek overseas and, as you can see, it’s coming along quite nicely!

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The “Reinvent The Toilet Fair: India” is Coming and We’ll Be There!
March 18, 2014

In celebration of the event (that very appropriately coincides with World Water Day), The Gates Foundation released a wonderful video that candidly addresses a dire problem felt acutely not only in India, but in many places around the world – the problem of sanitation, open defecation and the lack of utilities to handle of it.

The good news is that many groups (including us) are working to solve the issue of reinventing the toilet! We’ve heard the call loud and clear and we all can’t wait to show you our ideas…

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Improving Access
March 10, 2014

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How far will you walk to find a toilet? To use a clean toilet? How far will you walk before choosing to open defecate?

Of people living in urban areas, and estimated 1 billion people live in informal, fringe or peri-urban slums. The sanitation solutions in these poor urban areas are far too often non-existent or in such bad shape that residents opt not to use them.

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