A Better ToiletFor A Cleaner World
Prototype Update, 26 July 2017
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.
This is a huge landmark and an important part of our research since there are extra variables and unexpected issues that can arise from regular use, as opposed to a regimented lab-inspired testing schedule. July marks the start of testing the system with toilet paper and soap from handwashing.