A farmer in the picture has been using urine from last year February as fertilizer on his farm. This was after a training I conducted in this area in Bungoma on Ecosan Toilets. He claims that urine has changed his way of life for better for ever. Urine has had positive results with Bananas, Onions, Nappier grass, Coffee and Mangoes. The quality of Nappier grass has improved and the rate of growth increased. During the time of drought, he only needs some little amount of water to dilute the urine and then pours the mixture to the cut nappier stems. He says that this is best done in the morning or late evening to minimise on smell of urine. Once the urine is applied, it only takes 4-5 weeks for Nappier to be ready again for cutting. They are very green with broad leaves. Urine is only used after 14days storage in the toilet. His farm has become a learning centre for many other people who are very interested in the UDDT. Some have already started constructing the toilet at their own cost.
By Moses Wakala, ecosan expert and entrepreneur (firstname.lastname@example.org)
|Construction of new UDDT facilities was stopped due to lack of funds. |
A continuation is envisaged with new funding from Western Water Company.
An earlier post had already described the school situation. Please read here:
By Moses Wakala in Feb.2011, ecosan expert and entrepreneur (email@example.com), edited by K. Kurianowski (GIZ)
|The public toilet in Sotik is fitted with a water kiosk, bathrooms and toilets. The waste water is treated for reuse in a biogas settler and anaerobic baffled reactor.|
This ecosan public toilet, funded through the Water Services Trust Fund (WSTF) with financial resources provided by the EU-SIDA-GTZ EcoSan Promotion Project (EPP) was completed in June last year and has been running since July. See the pictures and description on the construction of the toilet in a prior post (http://ecosankenya.blogspot.com/2010/12/sotik-public-toilet-with-water-kiosk.html).
|Location of Sotik in Nyanza Province|