Using Cocopeat for Treating Septic Tank Effluent (RTI, USA - Philippines, Indonesia, Vietnam and other countries)


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Launching – Putatan Elementary School, Philippines

(note by editor (EvM): the following 10 posts had been made as part of the Sanitation Network closed discussion forum of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF), and have been transferred to this open discussion forum at the end of 2012, at the request of the BMGF)

Dear Friends,

We recently launched the first of several demonstration units for our cocopeat wastewater bioreactor technology project. For this component of the study, schools were chosen as the wastewater source for demonstrating the suitability of the technology for difficult applications. Schools represent a bigger challenge than many other sources for wastewater treatment technologies due to their highly variable flows. Systems must be able to function under peak flow conditions common during special events, as well as low flows during weekends and summer vacations. However, the opportunities are equally great as schools represent an ideal entry point into a community interested in scaling up sanitation through wastewater treatment. As students learn about the technology and benefits of treating wastewater, they can teach their parents, which helps raise awareness and demand for services.

For more information about our project launching, visit our blog post on our website – Wastewater Solutions for Development at:

Thanks for your interest in our project. We will provide updates as the data becomes available.

The Cocopeat Project Development Team

RTI International

Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, USA
David M. Robbins
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