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Evaluation of Waterless Toilets as Replacement of Honey Buckets in Rural Villages of Stebbins, AK

Status Current
Seeking Researchers No
Start Date 12/01/2011
End Date 06/01/2012
Funding Source Alex Hills Engineering Research Award
Funding Amount
Community Partner
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Last Updated 03/25/2012 03:42PM
Keywords toilets

People

Faculty
  John Olofsson

Student Researchers
  Sophia Lee

Abstract

The objective of the feasibility to study is to evaluate the waterless toilet to be installed as replacing the honey buckets in rural Alaskan villages. It has been suggested that replacing the honey buckets with waterless toilets could improve personal hygiene level as well as reduce the number of bacteria-borne illnesses in community. Through this feasibility study, potential of replacing the honey bucket system with waterless toilets will be evaluated based on data collected from surveys and interviews with residents who volunteered to install and use the waterless toilets in rural Alaskan village of Stebbins. Once this feasibility test is concluded, recommendations can be made whether further study is required to make decision to replace honey bucket with waterless toilet or collected data would be sufficient enough to either accept or decline the proposal of replacing the honey buckets with waterless toilets, to improve sanitation as well as quality of life in rural Alaskan villages.

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