ITHUBA

Build Collective

“To whom it may Concern,

We as a NPO built and run two schools, one in Johannesburg and one in Eastern Cape, both have no access to sewage systems and constant water supply is also difficult. We tried different toilet concepts, from pit toilet, bucket system and flush toilets with a three stage septic tank. None of it worked properly given the intense usage of the school environment.

After some research we found the Ecosan system and installed the first four units 2009 for testing. the toilets work perfect, even under the humid conditions of the coast, there is hardly any smell.

The cleaning staff need to get some training in cleaning them without using too much water and the kids need to be trained to open and close the lid while using them and the system works!

Also important is to ensure that not too many persons use one toilet to make it work properly, so we installed another 18 units over the past years and didn’t have any problems so far.

As reference please visit:

Ithuba.org

buildcollective.net“

 

JACKIE DU TOIT

Wild Coast Community College

“18 May 2018

To Whom It May Concern

This serves to confirm that Ithuba WCCC installed 4 Ecosan Toilets on our premises in 2014. These served us well until the number of learners increased, we then extended our toilet blocks.

Over the years, we have continued to fulfill the need on site. We currently have 16 toilets (10 for girls and 6 for boys, including 4 urinals) which serves 240 learners! The next step is to add to an overflow tank to deal with the surplus, but overall, we are delighted with these environmentally friendly units. The fact that no water is used suits our needs very well, as the school is situated in a rural area where water remains a challenge.

The system functions very well and is generally odour free, if everything is in working order. The dry matter is removed when necessary and is placed in our organic composting area where it sits for more than six months before being used in our vegetable gardens. We have generated some very good compost over the years!

I can recommend these toilets for use in private or public places.

Yours sincerely
Jackie DU Toit ( Director of WCCC)”

HANNES VISAGIE

Gamtoos River Mouth Resort

Good day,

I am the Operations Manager for the Gamtoos River Mouth Resort, a development of 450 houses on the banks of the Gamtoos River near Jeffrey’s Bay in the Eastern Cape.

Our development is situated in an ecologically sensitive, pristine piece of paradise, therefore our decision to install an environment friendly dry toilet system for our slip way, picnic and fishing sites next to the Gamtoos River with hundreds of visitors every year.

We chose to install the Ecosan Waterless toilet system about 15 years ago and we are to this day very happy with our choice, evident by the fact that we have just purchased another Ecosan toilet for a new picnic spot on the banks of the Gamtoos River. So now we have three toilets servicing all the visitors and residents of the development of 450 erven within our development, about 600 visitors every year.
The toilets are clean and hygienic, tough and durable and best of all they do not smell.

Our residents of the development are very happy with using them.

They are extremely low-maintenance systems, easy to use and easy to clean.

The waste is generally quite dry and we empty the solid catchment bag and use the dry solids as a soil conditioner, dig it into the ground, about once per year or as the needs arise.

I would recommend the Ecosan toilet to anyone looking to save water and minimize their impact on the environment and to have a clean healthy environment friendly system.

Best regards
Hannes Visagie”

GUY

“Greetings in 2017!

After approximately 9 months I think it’s high time I gave some feedback on the systems you sold us;

BRILLIANT!

We love them. To remind you, I bought 3 last year around May. Two of them were installed at a community sports park, and the other at my home.

You initially had some reservations about the application at the park – concerns of overloading, smells etc. You kindly shared the information from your French associates for separating urine from feces, which I did on the ladies’ toilet at the park.

Some photos are attached of my method – I added an HDPE trap to help funnel urine into the outlet pipe rather than sloshing around in the large volume at the bottom of the unit (roto-moulded and heat-joined bottom seam was not level, so lots of space for urine to pool in, from what I could see).

These units have been “abused” in the sense that they are used imperfectly by kids and visitors (not stomped after every use, lid not always opened- and closed on every use, ash/sawdust not always added after use etc.), and yet after 9 months of this they are still working perfectly. Odour has never been a problem, and the material is completely dessicated by the time it reaches the catch-bag. No blockages or breakages.

We get a lot of positive comments about these systems from visitors – in a country where most people, including the very affluent, still have a ‘cattle post’ or a rural village homestead that relies on a long-drop, or a pit latrine in the corner of their yard in town, the advantages of your system are glaringly obvious to almost everyone confronted with it. Coupled with the extreme water shortages we experienced over the past 3 years (water cuts similar to the electrical load shedding model were a fact of life for everyone), these factors mean that the Botswana market is crying out for your product.

Finally, I’ve been using the unit at home and, between you and me, I feel guilty “go’ing” anywhere else; I feel like I’m depriving my homestead of valuable compost material! My fiancee and I love it. Thank you to all involved in developing and spreading the EcoSan toilet system.

Regards
Guy“

ELNA EINS

Laerskool Toitskraal

“11 March 2018

To Whom It may Concern

I the undersigned, hereby confirm that Laerskool Toitskraal is making use of Ecosan Pit Toilets since 2016.

I can strongly recommend it.

They don’t use any water and don’t cause any bad odour.

There are no harmful organisms in the waste and it can be self-maintained.

I trust you will find this in order and should you have any enquiries, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Yours sincerely

Mrs E.Eins
Principal”

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