In order to combat the current decline of safe sanitation facilities in rural areas and coastal villages throughout Papua New Guinea, Sago Network offers the Sago Dry Toilet (SDT) as a specialised, long term, solution for communities effected by flooding and high-water table environments.
After many years working in rural and coastal communities, it was clear that there were limited long term sanitation options for communities in high-water table environments. Sago Network brought together its network of academics, researchers and designers to test and develop possible solutions. After 5 years of hard work and ongoing testing, the Sago Dry Toilet is being distributed to communities across Papua New Guinea!
Key Benefits of the System
The Sago Dry Toilet is:
Waterless – does not require water to operate
Above ground – making it ideal for flood prone and high-water table environments
Fully sealed - protected from flies, insects and disease transfer
No smell – with its high tech ventilation system, the SDT has little to no smell, even after years of use
Dry – unlike composting toilets, which fail in tropical environments, the SDT is a dry system with no dangerous run off fluid and limits any direct contact with faecal matter
Lightweight/transportable – the system is designed to fit into a canoe, car or banana boat for easy transportation
Minimal moving parts – the design is simple and easy to use making it robust in the PNG context
The Sago Dry Toilet is easy to use and maintain however it does require some basic ongoing maintenance and care. Sago Network thus provides introductory workshops on how to use and maintain the toilet alongside the delivery of all facilities to ensure the long-term success of the toilet.
How It Works
The Sago Dry Toilet uses the old dehydration technology with a dual chamber system of tanks that rotate use every 6-12 months. This allows time for waste to be treated, without human contact and without mixing new, unsafe material. Urine is diverted safely away from the tanks and the high carbon content material of ash is added each time the toilet is used. The tank is ventilated using small wind powered fans and the moisture is literally pulled out of the tank. The result is a sandy, non-smelly and safe material that can be removed from the tank.
The Sago Dry Toilet is currently being installed in communities all around Papua New Guinea on a project-by-project basis, however due to the great need, we are unable to keep up with demand.
Sago Network is thus currently fundraising in order to purchase a roto-mould tool which, through partnership with local PNG fabricators, will enable the toilet to be produced in larger quantities and at an affordable price so more people around PNG can have access to a safe toilet.
The newly designed toilets will be available as early as April 2019. To pre-order a Sago Dry Toilet ‘kit of parts’, email firstname.lastname@example.org