Public spaces too often lack sanitation.
The WiC prototype waste treatment system is currently designed to serve a public or shared toilet setting. We see opportunities for deployment across a number of potential “shared” platforms or settings.
All of these settings are often neglected in their provision of water and sanitation. Filling this gap in coverage utilizing innovative on-site treatment approaches, offers a chance to keep workers, passengers, customers, residents and students safe and healthier by providing a clean sanitation solution. Sanitation at these various “public” sites is also an avenue to build demand and promote behavior change at home.
Commercial construction sites.
Large commercial construction sites often have 100-300 workers on site, many in temporary camps with their families for 1-2 years while the construction is underway. Sanitation is often poor, and has an impact on worker health and productivity, and site cleanliness.
Transportation hubs are frequently cited areas of concern for public sanitation.
Thousands of passengers or drivers might come in and out of a transport hub to catch a bus or train, exchange cargo, or rest along a journey. Sanitation options are few because infrastructure costs are high, and the options, if present, are often not safe, clean or functional.
Schools are a priority.
Unfortunately, they are often places where children, teachers and staff don’t have access to adequate sanitation services. Attendance, participation, as well as the overall health and environment at schools could be addressed through on-site waste treatment that does not require piped sewerage.
Communities in low-income and under-served areas.
Shared or community toilets are needed in a vast number of residential communities in the developing world. Space or money may be a constraint to household toilets. Shared facilities are a workable solution for many communities – managed in a cooperative or pay-per-use model.
Work-place sanitation is a neglected area.
Small and medium sized enterprises often are working in shells of buildings or in warehouse settings in industrial zones without bathrooms. Factories with hundreds of textile, metal working, plastics or other industries, are often found wanting for the provision of safe sanitation for the health and safety of its day-laborers.
Public markets, religious sites, parks or other gathering places.
These settings are frequented by hundreds of people per day, but often lack infrastructure for safe sanitation.