Great idea! Proper sanitation is critical to a safe and healthy environment. I noticed on the Uniloo Startup Blog that the six-month trial began in August, 2011; and I have a few questions:
1) Do you have any results to report about the trial? 2) Was the Uniloo well-received in the community, and has the program continued successfully? 3) Is the blue liquid in the bowl bio-degradable, and is it produced/recycled locally? 4) Also, how is the power generated, and who receives the electricity?
_______________ My connection to this story:
This issue lies close to my heart because I had the opportunity to travel to Ghana as a college student and experience the incredible culture, art, and people first hand - along with the lack of sanitation infrastructure. After arriving in Accra and traveling throughout the country, I was quickly introduced to the squat toilets, cinderblock stalls, and the occasional grassy patch (all of which could be considered "luxurious" in terms of sanitation access for the majority of Ghanaian citizens). Until that point, I must admit, I was sheltered from the sanitation issues in developing countries.
My classmates and I (from Miami University Ohio's Arc/ID program) were charged with one summer studio task: design and build a public composting toilet for the village of Abrafo Oudimasi. Our team collaborated with a group of Ghanaian contractors and used local building techniques to make our concept drawings a reality.
I have not yet had the opportunity to return to the village to evaluate the sustainability of this project, but reading this "realisation" makes me wonder: Are the toilets that we built in Abrafo Oudimasi full? Are they clean? Does the entire community have access to the toilets, or have they remained locked for personal use (against the original plan)?
While both projects (Uniloo and Miami-loo) share the same intention, I wonder: Which is the most effective, realistic, sustainable, and replicate-able toilet in the long term? Toilets for individual families, or toilets for the community? How could you improve each project?