SuSanA - Forum Kunena Site Syndication http://forum.susana.org/ Thu, 18 Sep 2014 13:39:27 +0000 Kunena 1.6 http://forum.susana.org/components/com_kunena/template/default/images/icons/rss.png SuSanA - Forum http://forum.susana.org/ en-gb Re: Sanitation Product Development for Sub-Saharan Africa - affordable, aspirational latrine products, SaTo (American Standard Brands, USA and Water for People) - by: Alfonso http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/106-user-interface/10144-sanitation-product-development-for-sub-saharan-africa-affordable-aspirational-latrine-products-sato-american-standard-brands-usa-and-water-for-people#10187 http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/106-user-interface/10144-sanitation-product-development-for-sub-saharan-africa-affordable-aspirational-latrine-products-sato-american-standard-brands-usa-and-water-for-people#10187
We are currently working on Sanitation Marketing component within the framework of a basic sanitation programme/campaign in Tanzania and it looks it may solve some challenges we have encountered when looking for affordable and hygienic latrine solutions.

Please keep us updated.

Thanks.


Alfonso]]>
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Re: Sanitation Product Development for Sub-Saharan Africa - affordable, aspirational latrine products, SaTo (American Standard Brands, USA and Water for People) - by: JKMakowka http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/106-user-interface/10144-sanitation-product-development-for-sub-saharan-africa-affordable-aspirational-latrine-products-sato-american-standard-brands-usa-and-water-for-people#10176 http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/106-user-interface/10144-sanitation-product-development-for-sub-saharan-africa-affordable-aspirational-latrine-products-sato-american-standard-brands-usa-and-water-for-people#10176
Concerning the new system specifically for Africa... I would recommend to more clearly define your potential customers: Africa is huge and there are big differences in what is appropriate for various different population groups and geographic regions. Bangladesh is maybe a too simple case compared to that (lots of water everywhere and almost completely Muslim... very densely populated too).

My suggestion is to concentrate on the peri-urban lower middle-class, especially those that do own a little land so that they are willing to invest in sanitation infrastructure (most other don't and landlords mostly don't bother either).]]>
User interface Mon, 15 Sep 2014 10:43:20 +0000
Re: Sanitation Product Development for Sub-Saharan Africa - affordable, aspirational latrine products, SaTo (American Standard Brands, USA and Water for People) - by: FranzH http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/106-user-interface/10144-sanitation-product-development-for-sub-saharan-africa-affordable-aspirational-latrine-products-sato-american-standard-brands-usa-and-water-for-people#10173 http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/106-user-interface/10144-sanitation-product-development-for-sub-saharan-africa-affordable-aspirational-latrine-products-sato-american-standard-brands-usa-and-water-for-people#10173 I allows you to convert a stinky place into a really IMPROVED facility at a very affordable cost.
Was also surprised that in Kampala this is not only applied by Water for People (the official partner) but other NGOs as well!
So in my view it is being understood and picked up quickly, a product that does not need subsidies!

I fully agree that it combines perfectly with the BioFil approach.
Maybe the developers should also make that into a low cost industrial product?

Some of the observed difficulties were to be expected ....

FH]]>
User interface Mon, 15 Sep 2014 09:24:21 +0000
Re: Sanitation Product Development for Sub-Saharan Africa - affordable, aspirational latrine products, SaTo (American Standard Brands, USA and Water for People) - by: canaday http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/106-user-interface/10144-sanitation-product-development-for-sub-saharan-africa-affordable-aspirational-latrine-products-sato-american-standard-brands-usa-and-water-for-people#10148 http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/106-user-interface/10144-sanitation-product-development-for-sub-saharan-africa-affordable-aspirational-latrine-products-sato-american-standard-brands-usa-and-water-for-people#10148
Congrats on the very affordable $1.50 price tag mentioned on your Popsci link, for this pour-flush squat pan.

Questions and comments:
<> What does SaTo mean?
<> What sort of plastic is it made of? (HDPE? Polypropylene?)
<> Have you tested how many flushes the trap-door mechanism can withstand?
<> How susceptible is it to vandalism?
<> Could this be marketed with sustainable ways to treat the excrement, such as Stephen Mecca's treatment ?
forum.susana.org/forum/categories/106-us...imit=12&start=12
or with tiger worms or Black Soldier Fly Larvae ?
<> In places with dry, absorbant, non-floodable soils, with dispersed settlement, this could potentially be marketed as a ready-to-go ArborLoo, emptying into one and another shallow hole, where trees later get planted.
<> Could this same know-how and fine design be applied to more sustainable and ecological waterless options, such as the UDDT? Does American Standard offer anything like a UDDT?

Best wishes,
Chris Canaday]]>
User interface Sat, 13 Sep 2014 13:43:35 +0000
Sanitation Product Development for Sub-Saharan Africa - affordable, aspirational latrine products, SaTo (American Standard Brands, USA and Water for People) - by: mchalej http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/106-user-interface/10144-sanitation-product-development-for-sub-saharan-africa-affordable-aspirational-latrine-products-sato-american-standard-brands-usa-and-water-for-people#10144 http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/106-user-interface/10144-sanitation-product-development-for-sub-saharan-africa-affordable-aspirational-latrine-products-sato-american-standard-brands-usa-and-water-for-people#10144
The title of the grant is:

Sanitation Product Development for Sub-Saharan Africa - Development of affordable, aspirational latrine products for markets in Sub-Saharan Africa

• Name of lead organization: American Standard Brands
• Primary contact at lead organization: Jim McHale
• Grantee location: Piscataway, New Jersey, USA
• Developing country where the research is being or will be tested: Kenya, Zambia, Uganda
• Start and end date: July 2013 – December 2015
• Grant type: Other (i.e. not. Global Challenges Explorations, Reinvent the Toilet Challenge)
• Grant size in USD: $277,749

Short description of the project:
In early 2013, American Standard launched the SaTo® latrine pan in Bangladesh: a simple, plastic, pour-flush pan that provides an air-tight seal, keeping odors in and insects out of the pit. The scarcity of water and relative expense of concrete limits the application of the SaTo® pan across many areas of rural Sub-Saharan Africa, and a new product concept that better meets these specific market needs would have greater acceptance and impact. Advanced design / product development methodologies and tools will be used to gain a deep understanding of the market needs and create an affordable yet aspirational product concept. The concept or concepts will be evaluated through focus groups and field trials, and the most promising candidate or candidates will be considered for commercialization.


At the recent Reinvent the Toilet Fair: India, American Standard engineers Jim McHale, Ph.D. and Daigo Ishiyama shared the company's innovations for providing affordable, aspirational sanitation products for residents of developing countries.


The mechanical and water seals created by this trap-door style SaTo hygienic toilet pan have improved the quality of life for residents of Bangladesh by keeping flies and insects out, in addition to reducing the unpleasant sights and smells, of open pit latrines.

Goal(s): Commercialization of one or more products that facilitate the construction of hygienic rural latrines.

Objectives: Commercialization of one or more products that facilitate the construction of hygienic rural latrines.

Research or implementation partners: Water for People, iDE - Zambia, UNICEF- Kenya

Links, further readings – results to date:

For information on the SaTo latrine pan see:

www.americanstandard-us.com/companyinfo/pressroom.aspx?id=856



www.popsci.com/bown/2013/product/american-standard-sato

www.rdmag.com/award-winners/2014/08/sanitation-third-world

www.fastcoexist.com/3029975/a-simple-yet...-150-sanitation-idea

www.msnbc.com/craig-melvin/watch/prevent...untries-265238083550

Current state of affairs: Multiple concepts developed and samples being prepared for field trials

Biggest successes so far: N/A

Main challenges / frustration:
Observed design challenges in Kenya and Zambia relative to Bangladesh: (1) Little to no manufactured materials are used in rural, residential latrine construction. Product must be capable of mating with irregularly shaped holes. (2) Water is available but scarce and costly. Product must require less than 100ml per use and preferably requires no water for use. (3) Manufacturing plastic parts is possible, but cost is relatively high compared to other areas. (4) Squatting position is common and preferred, but a toilet on which one can sit would not be rejected and could be perceived as more aspirational. Feedback is inconsistent.

If you have any questions or comments, please don't hesitate to ask here on the forum.

Jim

Jim McHale
VP – Research, Development, & Engineering

American Standard Brands
865 Centennial Avenue
Piscataway, NJ 08854

www.americanstandard-us.com/]]>
User interface Fri, 12 Sep 2014 16:48:24 +0000
Re: The Earth Auger Toilet: urine-diverting composting toilet (Fundacion In Terris, Ecuador) - our first injection molded model is now out! - by: chuckhenry http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/106-user-interface/4079-the-earth-auger-toilet-urine-diverting-composting-toilet-fundacion-in-terris-ecuador-our-first-injection-molded-model-is-now-out?limit=12&start=24#9807 http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/106-user-interface/4079-the-earth-auger-toilet-urine-diverting-composting-toilet-fundacion-in-terris-ecuador-our-first-injection-molded-model-is-now-out?limit=12&start=24#9807 User interface Tue, 19 Aug 2014 19:15:33 +0000 Re: The Earth Auger - our first injection molded model is now out! - by: JKMakowka http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/106-user-interface/4079-the-earth-auger-toilet-urine-diverting-composting-toilet-fundacion-in-terris-ecuador-our-first-injection-molded-model-is-now-out?limit=12&start=24#9777 http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/106-user-interface/4079-the-earth-auger-toilet-urine-diverting-composting-toilet-fundacion-in-terris-ecuador-our-first-injection-molded-model-is-now-out?limit=12&start=24#9777
Is it possible to switch the foot pedal to the other side?]]>
User interface Sun, 17 Aug 2014 13:11:28 +0000
The Earth Auger - our first injection molded model is now out! - by: chuckhenry http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/106-user-interface/4079-the-earth-auger-toilet-urine-diverting-composting-toilet-fundacion-in-terris-ecuador-our-first-injection-molded-model-is-now-out?limit=12&start=24#9770 http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/106-user-interface/4079-the-earth-auger-toilet-urine-diverting-composting-toilet-fundacion-in-terris-ecuador-our-first-injection-molded-model-is-now-out?limit=12&start=24#9770 User interface Sat, 16 Aug 2014 21:31:55 +0000 Re: Grant on Advanced Toilet with On-Site Water Recovery (Eawag and EOOS, Switzerland and Austria) – currently testing the blue diversion toilet in urban slums - by: secretariat http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/106-user-interface/2956-grant-on-advanced-toilet-with-on-site-water-recovery-eawag-and-eoos-switzerland-and-austria--currently-testing-the-blue-diversion-toilet-in-urban-slums?limit=12&start=24#8990 http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/106-user-interface/2956-grant-on-advanced-toilet-with-on-site-water-recovery-eawag-and-eoos-switzerland-and-austria--currently-testing-the-blue-diversion-toilet-in-urban-slums?limit=12&start=24#8990
This is to announce that the Blue Diversion Toilet has won the Project Innovation Awards 2014 assigned by the International Water Association (IWA).

Please find more information about the award on the website: http://www.iwa-pia.org/pia_award_eu.html

and about other categories' Prize Winners in the .pdf attached.

All about the Blue Diversion Toilet can be found on:
www.bluediversiontoilet.com

We would also like to remind you that the award will be presented soon, on 25th June 2014.

[posted by Sebastian Klos]]]>
User interface Wed, 18 Jun 2014 10:08:28 +0000
Low-cost sanitation for emergencies - Aerosan in New Delhi - by: muench http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/106-user-interface/3425-low-cost-sanitation-for-emergencies-tested-in-haiti-aerosan-usa-and-haiti?limit=12&start=12#8312 http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/106-user-interface/3425-low-cost-sanitation-for-emergencies-tested-in-haiti-aerosan-usa-and-haiti?limit=12&start=12#8312
Thanks for your post, good to see you back on the forum! These two videos are well worth watching, I think you have some very nifty, low-cost design ideas there for light-weight mobile toilets for emergency settings (trialled in Haiti). I really admire your enthousiasm which comes out clearly in the videos - and boy, was it a hot day! We were sweltering in that heat in March in Delhi (no shade!).

For those without access to Youtube, I provide here some photos from the exhibit.

Here is the link to the album on flickr:
www.flickr.com/photos/gtzecosan/sets/72157644270369664

And here are some example photos from that album:

Some important people visiting exhibit of Aerosan (Chris Elias from BMGF on the left) by Sustainable sanitation, on Flickr

The exhibit of Aerosan (Andrew Larsen) by Sustainable sanitation, on Flickr

The exterior of each toilet unit is made from re-purposed vinyl billboard fabric. by Sustainable sanitation, on Flickr

Four-toilet array with ventilation pipe by Sustainable sanitation, on Flickr]]>
User interface Thu, 24 Apr 2014 08:37:18 +0000
Low-cost sanitation for emergencies - Aerosan in New Delhi - by: Andrew http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/106-user-interface/3425-low-cost-sanitation-for-emergencies-tested-in-haiti-aerosan-usa-and-haiti?limit=12&start=12#8310 http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/106-user-interface/3425-low-cost-sanitation-for-emergencies-tested-in-haiti-aerosan-usa-and-haiti?limit=12&start=12#8310
Cheers,
Andrew, Hana, Dave, Attilus


My interview about project story (questions asked by Elisabeth):



In this video you can see me giving a guided tour of our exhibit (it was a hot day with little shade!!):



Short description copied from Technical Guides (susana.org/lang-en/library?view=ccbktype...p;type=2&id=2001), page 5:

Aerosan: Low-Cost Sanitation
for Emergencies


Aerosan has developed a four-toilet array as well as a
separate single-unit cubicle. Key to the design is the
use of enhanced passive ventilation for both control of
odors and also drying of excreta. The material can be
subsequently composted. The low-cost construction
approach using re-purposed vinyl billboard fabric allows
for a large plenum (a space provided for air circulation
and venting), which, driven by a Venturi is able to move
more air through the system than would normally be
available in a typical 4” (100 mm) vent pipe. The design
puts the outlet of the plenum 15’ (4.3 m) above the
ground, so odors are released at a higher elevation than
typical vented toilet cubicles.

Several units have been deployed for field testing in Haiti
and are operating at a high level.

The unit shown at the Delhi toilet fair is fully functional
and will be an improved design from the one shown
at the first toilet fair in Seattle in 2012. Design
improvements have focused on reducing the weight, cost,
and improving the wall and plenum structures. Also,
the whole design will be available in kit form for use in
emergencies.

How it works

The primary technical feature of this toilet is the design
of a passive ventilation system which draws more air
than is necessary for simple odor control. In this way,
a degree of drying takes place which reduces volume
accumulation of excreta and thus increases the number
of users that can use the system per maintenance
period. Ventilation is both wind and solar-driven, but all
passive.
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User interface Thu, 24 Apr 2014 07:54:52 +0000
Re: The Earth Auger Toilet: Innovation in Waterless Sanitation (Fundacion In Terris, Ecuador) - by: mtfioravanti http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/106-user-interface/4079-the-earth-auger-toilet-urine-diverting-composting-toilet-fundacion-in-terris-ecuador-our-first-injection-molded-model-is-now-out?limit=12&start=24#8254 http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/106-user-interface/4079-the-earth-auger-toilet-urine-diverting-composting-toilet-fundacion-in-terris-ecuador-our-first-injection-molded-model-is-now-out?limit=12&start=24#8254
Those are all questions that we will be able to answer with more precision at the end of the year or by july 2015.

We are analyzing everything: toilet, transport, inputs, fixing, replacements, etc. But we are starting the process of reducing costs through different approaches: materials, suppliers, etc. We are also approaching the local MFI's and realizing alternatives.

The same for the value chain, we are just studying the different and more cost-effective ways to do it. We can now speculate on panoramas, but we will know at the end of the year or by July 2015. Several approaches are under research; we are also developing audio-visual toolkits for installation and for O&M.

We promise you more information in the future!]]>
User interface Thu, 17 Apr 2014 01:08:38 +0000
Re: The Earth Auger Toilet: Innovation in Waterless Sanitation (Fundacion In Terris, Ecuador) - by: dorothee.spuhler http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/106-user-interface/4079-the-earth-auger-toilet-urine-diverting-composting-toilet-fundacion-in-terris-ecuador-our-first-injection-molded-model-is-now-out?limit=12&start=24#8230 http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/106-user-interface/4079-the-earth-auger-toilet-urine-diverting-composting-toilet-fundacion-in-terris-ecuador-our-first-injection-molded-model-is-now-out?limit=12&start=24#8230
Is the 700 US$ how your are calculating arriving at 5 cents per use (e.g. 5 people, 4 uses/day) over the 3 years?
Are you expecting any O&M costs -> e.g. for the mechanics of the “flush” system?

In the pre-fabricated units: will the “flushing” system be already installed and pre-assembled or is this something users would need to montage them self after delivering. Or are you thinking of working with a intermediate actor responsible for the “do-it-your-self” (e.g. certified artisans offering toilet installation)?

Kind regards
Dorothee]]>
User interface Mon, 14 Apr 2014 14:55:01 +0000
Re: The Earth Auger Toilet: Innovation in Waterless Sanitation (Fundacion In Terris, Ecuador) - by: chuckhenry http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/106-user-interface/4079-the-earth-auger-toilet-urine-diverting-composting-toilet-fundacion-in-terris-ecuador-our-first-injection-molded-model-is-now-out?limit=12&start=24#8061 http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/106-user-interface/4079-the-earth-auger-toilet-urine-diverting-composting-toilet-fundacion-in-terris-ecuador-our-first-injection-molded-model-is-now-out?limit=12&start=24#8061 User interface Tue, 01 Apr 2014 19:55:15 +0000 Re: The Earth Auger Toilet: Innovation in Waterless Sanitation (Fundacion In Terris, Ecuador) - by: chuckhenry http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/106-user-interface/4079-the-earth-auger-toilet-urine-diverting-composting-toilet-fundacion-in-terris-ecuador-our-first-injection-molded-model-is-now-out?limit=12&start=24#8060 http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/106-user-interface/4079-the-earth-auger-toilet-urine-diverting-composting-toilet-fundacion-in-terris-ecuador-our-first-injection-molded-model-is-now-out?limit=12&start=24#8060 User interface Tue, 01 Apr 2014 19:50:06 +0000