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Sanitation Product Development for Sub-Saharan Africa - affordable, aspirational latrine products, SaTo (American Standard Brands, USA and Water for People) 12 Sep 2014 17:48 #10144

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Today I would like to tell you a bit about a sanitation grant by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation that I am leading here at American Standard Brands.

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:

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

Blog:
blog.americanstandard-us.com/innovation-...ory-page/?catposts=y



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

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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) 13 Sep 2014 14:43 #10148

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Dear Jim,

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?

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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) 15 Sep 2014 10:24 #10173

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I have seen this in Delhi and find it the most cost effective innovation for pit latrines ever!
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

Re: Sanitation Product Development for Sub-Saharan Africa - affordable, aspirational latrine products, SaTo (American Standard Brands, USA and Water for People) 15 Sep 2014 11:43 #10176

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I have also seen this with Water For People here in Uganda, and it is a great innovation. However it isn't really all that different from slabs with an simple water-seal that have been well established for decades. The main difference I see is that this is something you can put up on sale in shops and thus get people to think about improving their pit-latrine while buying other stuff.

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).
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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) 16 Sep 2014 02:42 #10187

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Congratulations Jim!

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.


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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) 30 Sep 2014 19:42 #10341

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Chris,

Thanks for your comments and please accept my appologies for the delayed response. See answers below:

- SaTo stands for Safe Toilet
- It's made of polypropylene
- We've tested several samples to more than 500,000 cycles without any sign of failure
- Once installed it is nearly impossible to remove or damage the door. The angle at which it can be attacked does not allow very direct application of force to the hinge.
- Yes. I believe it could be coupled with sustainable ways to treat the excrement. Walter Gibson was evaluating it with his tiger worm system.
- We are not currently exploring waterless options or UDDT, but are developing alternative versions of the approach for lower water use areas.

Re: Sanitation Product Development for Sub-Saharan Africa - affordable, aspirational latrine products, SaTo (American Standard Brands, USA and Water for People) 30 Sep 2014 19:47 #10342

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Thanks for the comments Krischan. I agree that Africa is too large and divers to consider as a single market. We're speaking of it in that manner for simplicity, but certainly not really thinking it. In fact, we've already migrated towards development of several related concepts as opposed to one.

Also agree with the target being peri-urban (and rural) customers with some land.

Re: Sanitation Product Development for Sub-Saharan Africa - affordable, aspirational latrine products, SaTo (American Standard Brands, USA and Water for People) 30 Sep 2014 19:50 #10343

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Thanks for the comments, Franz. We're focusing product development on the user interface in the short term, but I definately agreee that there are producet opportunities in the underground structure as well.

Re: Sanitation Product Development for Sub-Saharan Africa - affordable, aspirational latrine products, SaTo (American Standard Brands, USA and Water for People) 12 Jun 2015 08:32 #13662

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Hi Jim,

How much water is needed to flush the toilet at the moment?

Thanks
Fausto

Re: Sanitation Product Development for Sub-Saharan Africa - affordable, aspirational latrine products, SaTo (American Standard Brands, USA and Water for People) 12 Jun 2015 14:11 #13677

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Thanks for your interest, Fausto.

The version commercialized in Bangladesh was designed to flush with about 500ml, which is about half of the content in the most commonly used bodnas.

We have a new version being launched with Cresstanks in Uganda that can be flushed with 250ml or less.

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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) 12 Jun 2015 15:29 #13678

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Thank you very much for the information Jim.

As long as we are currently involved in small WASH projects in Tanzania, I would like to check the possibility of testing the one being launched with Cresstanks in Uganda. It could be really interesting. Do you know how could I proceed?.

Thank you.

Re: Sanitation Product Development for Sub-Saharan Africa - affordable, aspirational latrine products, SaTo (American Standard Brands, USA and Water for People) 12 Jun 2015 16:02 #13679

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Thanks for sharing Jim.

Looking forward to seeing the 250ml version.

Fausto

Re: Sanitation Product Development for Sub-Saharan Africa - affordable, aspirational latrine products, SaTo (American Standard Brands, USA and Water for People) 24 Jun 2015 15:13 #13843

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This recent blog-post has some pictures of the modified versions:
blog.americanstandard-us.com/2015/04/15/...-sub-saharan-africa/
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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) 26 Jun 2015 16:53 #13900

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Alfonso,

You can contact Cresstanks at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to request samples.

Feel free to e-mail me directly at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it if you have trouble connecting with the right people.

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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) 27 Jun 2015 11:54 #13907

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Hi Jim and everyone,

It would be good to include this into a solid, lightweight, recycled-plastic outhouse to be used as an ArborLoo (over one shallow pit, then another, then planting trees). I even suggest building with no roof, as this would reduce cost, weight and smells, plus each rain would wash the floor and all surfaces, next the sun would help to sterilize them. (And the plastic could likely be protected from the UV somehow.)

It is also key to only promote this model where the soil is absorbant, the water table is low, and there is no flooding. In those conditions, it would be better to buiid UDDTs raised above the high water line.

Best wishes.
Chris

PS: I have been silent lately, as I have been translating the Faecal Sludge Management book (www.unesco-ihe.org/faecal-sludge-management-0) into Spanish. (¿Hay hispanos que quisieran ayudar a revisar mi traducción o asignar esto a sus alumnos? Sería una forma de leerlo antes de que salga oficialmente ... y contribuir a que esta información esté presentada a América Latina y España de la mejor manera. Podrían ser unos capítulos sueltos, pero mejor todo el libro de una, tal vez asignando un capítulo a cada alumno en una clase universitaria, para que haga un resumen y, de paso, vea cualquier falla o concepto que es difícil de entender. Me podrían escribir por interno mediante el botón debajo de me foto a la izquierda. Gracias.)
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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) 28 Jun 2015 18:03 #13912

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Hi Jim, Hi everyone,

Thanks for sending me a sample to bring in Mauritania for my mission there trying to shape a sanitation marketing program in the desert. Hard job with population very poor, hard soil, small civil society, etc ... amongst other difficulties.

Almost none of the CLTS latrine that I saw were "improved". The heat makes them pretty odorless and there's almost no flies by 48°C. There's never a roof on the latrines so the VIP system couldn't work properly. No-one understood the need to close the hole with something and put some mesh on the ventilation pipe. The siphon is too expensive and for the cases I saw, either it was evaporated (less than 4 hours they mentioned) or people were unhappy because it consumes too much water.
The problems all come during the rainy season (August - October) when flies appear in mass and diarrhoea too.

Basically, they loved it in the field and there's a great potential in the sahel region but still in the program this seems complicated to organise all the logistic or spreding the Sato Pan in the desert.

Another question that I wanted to ask you on this forum so everyone could benefit the answer. Because there's no roof the pan would be exposed to high UV aggression, was there any test realised on the resistance of the SaTo Pan to UV ?

Thanks,

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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) 29 Jun 2015 11:32 #13917

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For those following this thread on SaTo pan, I also wanted to highlight that Sherina's company in Uganda has also used them successfully, see here:
forum.susana.org/forum/categories/87-new...tion-of-susana#13251

Sherina said in that thread:

The SaTo pan has proven to be a really popular product for latrine improvement - both in terms of affordability and the benefits of making a latrine more hygienic, free from flies and safe for children. Since October 2014, SSG has sold over 2700 pans. SSG is identifying strategic partners through whom to distribute the pans both in the rural and urban areas which will help to achieve wider scale and impact.

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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) 29 Jun 2015 11:49 #13919

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Dear Jim,

Thank very much for your attention and for the information.

I will keep you updated.

Alfonso

Re: Sanitation Product Development for Sub-Saharan Africa - affordable, aspirational latrine products, SaTo (American Standard Brands, USA and Water for People) 03 Jul 2015 08:03 #14008

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dear
it is nice to see affordable sanitation system for sub-Saharan Africa where sanitation problem is relatively high!i just want to introduce the sanitation product to my community in Addis Abeba,Ethiopia,can i get more information on this!

Re: Sanitation Product Development for Sub-Saharan Africa - affordable, aspirational latrine products, SaTo (American Standard Brands, USA and Water for People) 07 Aug 2015 10:26 #14408

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Dear all,

I have been looking for a location to discuss the technical and share practical experiences of the SatoPan. I felt that this topic thread is a bit broader and therefore I have opened a new topic, click here:
"Practical and technical questions on use and installation of SaTo pan".


I hope you will be able to contribute to that thread as well!

thank you,

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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) 09 Aug 2015 11:58 #14424

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Ok Arjen. Thank you.

I also take advantage to update Jim: The contact has been very successful. Thank you very much for your support on this issue. We will keep in touch.

Best regards,

Alfonso

Re: Sanitation Product Development for Sub-Saharan Africa - affordable, aspirational latrine products, SaTo (American Standard Brands, USA and Water for People) 08 Feb 2016 04:31 #16888

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Dear Jim,

How are things going with the SaTo pour-flush squat pan?

Has anyone tried SaTo pans in ArborLoos? I am advising on a project for 250 persons in a periurban/rural area on a far-flung Indonesian island, which seems like a great location for such a trial, as there is no flooding and the soil seems dry and absorbent, plus the users are squatters and washers.

Is anal wash water sufficient to flush a SaTo? (How much water do washers use?)

Can you sell us 50 SaTo pans? Are they sold in Indonesia? Can they be shipped from Bangladesh? Can they be purchased in the USA? Any chance of a donation in the interest of piloting the SaTo in ArborLoos?

Thanks for your help. Keep up the good work.

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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) 17 Feb 2016 06:23 #17033

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Hi Chris, I see from other sources that you've already managed to get in touch with RFL Plastics in Bangladesh. I'll try to answer some of your questions below:

1) I am not aware of a SaTo being applied in an Arborloo but do not see why it couldn't work.

2) SaTo products are currently produced in Bangladesh and Uganda but can be shipped anywhere in the world. The contact addresses for order placement are:

Crestanks, Limited
Plot No. 265 Jinja Road, Bweyogerere—Namanve.
P.O. Box 11381, Kampala (Uganda).
Tel No1: +256-312-262-015
Tel No2: +256-312-262-016
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www.crestanks.co.ug/

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PRAN‐RFL GROUP
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www.rflplastics.com

3) The products in Bangladesh and Uganda are intentionally different. The Uganda version uses less water and can be more easily installed without concrete. The Bangladesh version requires more water to "flush" but can be connected to a 4" pipe and offset pit via a second part sold by RFL called the "SaTo Connection Box."

4) The Uganda version could, in theory, be flushed with anal wash water. The weight of the waste itself is usually sufficient to open the door. The pan only requires rinsing after use to clean adhered material. This can be done with spray bottle made by punching a small hole in the cap of a PET water bottle.

5) We keep a small inventory at American Standard HQ in New Jersey and can ship small orders (<10 pieces) from there.

Thanks,

Jim

Re: Sanitation Product Development for Sub-Saharan Africa - affordable, aspirational latrine products, SaTo (American Standard Brands, USA and Water for People) 12 Apr 2017 14:24 #21201

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Hi Jim,

Are the SaTo products still produced only in Bangladesh and Uganda?

I see the counterweight cup design of SaTo pans manufactured in Uganda are different from the Bangladesh ones so that the flap require less water to open. Please can you explain the counterweight cup design of the Uganda version and the fill up procedure during installation? Does it also require concrete to fill it?

How many versions of different SaTo pan products are manufactured so far? Do they have product or model names to identify one version with another?

Are there any developments on the ceramic model of SaTo pan?

Thank you
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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) 19 Apr 2017 22:52 #21285

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Ashenafi,

SATO products are currently manufactured in Bangladesh, Uganda, and Kenya. By July we will be manufacturing and distributing in India and Nigeria as well.

The door design that will be produced across Africa does not require addition of concrete. The geometry itself provides the counterweight.

We will soon be launching a website with all of the product variations and numbering. I will post a link when it goes live.

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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) 21 Apr 2017 09:41 #21295

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Hi All,

I am very interested in the potential of the SaTo products over here in Cambodia in areas that experiences drought or extended seasonal periods with no rainfall. Sourcing water for standard ceramic pour-flush latrines can be a significant burden or discouragement for households to build a latrine.

I would be very interested to hear about anyone's experience with the SanBox product (which includes the foot-plate and distribution chamber as well as the SaTo pan). To me the SanBox product looks to be functionally & visually similar to a ceramic pour-flush squat pan and I think this will be important in its desirability in Cambodia.
Has anyone imported the SanBox product to their country from Bangladesh?

I also think that having a website with information on each of the SaTo products, as well as contact details for further information or product supply will be valuable.

Andrew
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