Bathrooms/Outhouses (for village use)

The only fixed toilets in the village are located by the guest / volunteer accommodation, and in a toilet block near the school. None of these toilets have running water (they use bucket flush), and the villagers prefer to "do their business" in the bushes immediately surrounding the houses in the pueblo.

This represents a health risk as the village is bordered by a river inlet, which is used for washing, cleaning clothes and washing dishes. There is inevitable contamination of the lake water with faeces deposited on the ground between the houses and the lake. Given the poor health of the villagers in general, a solution is needed.

Suggested next steps – the climate and geography of the pueblo would be ideal for the installation of dry toilets. Most of the houses are located on sloping land that would facilitate the construction of drop toilets (see example designs ......).

There is a plentiful supply of ash from the wood fired stoves used by each of the villagers, which can be used to mask the smell of the toilets and to aid in the decomposition of the faeces. Composted human waste can be used as fertiliser in the chagras or for the plants grown in the vicinity of the pueblo.

While design of the toilets may require some external support, construction would unlikely entail significant cost, given their simple design and availability of construction materials (wood) from the surrounding forest. However, for the villagers to go to the effort of constructing the toilets they would need to be convinced of the benefits, which would require education and communal agreement.

Suggested next steps – It is recommended that during the visit to the pueblo in July, several basic designs are brought (large print outs / visualisations) outlining the dry toilet concept and associated benefits.