The Toilet Has Taken A long Time To Build
But it is finally usable and very comfy indeed. Holes in the ground and long drops are useful and fine when the weather is sunny - and privacy isn't an issue. With people coming to help, and with rain and gales raging, a little shelter for private business is a must. It is now October and it has taken 8 people over 3 months to get the cludgy to a stage where it can actually be used. It is based on a system which uses a refuse/wheelie bin to collect the solids till the bin is full when the contents are left to anaerobically digest itself for a year and can then safely be used on the trees as compost. Men are asked to pee elsewhere whenever possible so as to introduce as little fluid as possible into the system. Women can pee in the toilet and there is a small hose attached to the bottom which is buried into the ground and runs off into the bog where it will be taken up by the plants. There is a screen above the drain within the rubbish bin to hold back solids. I wasn't happy about this system initially as I wanted to collect the urine for its nitrogenous and other mineral contents for the general compost but was voted down as it seemed too difficult to do this easily. Anyway, I am so happy with this toilet and once it is completely finished with windows to keep driving rain out and a window in the door for the view and the final corrugated iron on the roof and walls, it will be a masterpiece indeed. A few rules about its usage: this toilet is not to be used by anyone on medication, that includes antibiotics and the contraceptive pill - and the usual: only biodegradable materials inside! People who worked on it: Giles Arthur and Geno, Adam Croal, John Williams, Sebastian and Eva Tombs and Ben and Felice Tombs. A little sawdust or ashes are added to soak up smells.