On Friday, March 17th, RTI hosted representatives of the Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center (RDECOM) for a pre-demonstration and technology review of the TOWR (Toilet with Onsite Remediation).
The day included presentations from the team on technology performance and ended with processing demonstrations in the lab and the TOWR mobile platform. Next steps will be to perform a technology demonstration at a TBD military facility this summer. Natick RDECOM selected RTI to continue the development of transformative sanitation technologies that are also currently being developed under the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation programs.
A post on our sanitation system was recently published by our partners at Duke University. Duke University has played a crucial role in getting the recent beta implementation of our toilet installed and functional at the CEPT University in Ahmedabad.
In the post, they reference the recent improvements we made to our liquid and solid waste processing units, as well as a new process control system to makes our a system that much more autonomous.
Today the globe recognizes November 19th as World Toilet Day. Our entire project and its team stand with rest of the global community in working to find a solution to the world’s sanitation problem.
2.4 billion people still do not have access to adequate sanitation.
1 billion people still practice open defecation.
It’s not enough to sit passively and continue to watch this problem persist. That is why our toilet project and others like ours are endeavoring to finish this global issue once and for all. We want to close the sanitation gap. We want to provide every human being with a safe and clean place to relieve themselves with dignity.
We can’t sit back and watch the lack of proper sanitation in the world promote illness, poor health, and malnutrition. We can’t stand by and witness women and girls being assaulted or held back societally just because they don’t have a private and safe place to go to the bathroom.
We can’t wait! We must do better to meet the demand and supply for safe urban sanitation.
Session V: Reinvent The Toilet Challenge, Biochar And Dry Toilets
With RTI networking in India on sanitation and technology innovation such as we are, the goals, plans, and aspirations of our project are very much inline with this conference. Our very own Myles Elledge will be a discussant and also presenting on Day 2, Friday, during Session IV: Field Scale Studies and Session V: Reinvent The Toilet Challenge, Biochar And Dry Toilets.
RTI International recently released a brief documenting six policies and missions related to urban sanitation in India while also drawing attention to the current inadequacies in recognizing gender differences and needs when promoting improved sanitation.
From the outset our toilet has been focused on both male and female needs, knowing that access to safe and adequate sanitation is a right to all human beings.
“As plans for the Swachh Bharat Mission are solidifed and monitoring metrics are defined, sanitation and gender are essential elements to be written in consistently and thoughtfully to promote inclusive solutions to India’s sanitation challenge.”
This brief from RTI focuses on this mission, offering recommendations and additional methods with the aim to more effectively address the needs of women while working towards closing the sanitation gap.
You can read the brief in it’s entirety right here.