Last Updated: 18 Feb 2014

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Dry Toilets

This website makes the case for dry toilets, shows how they work, and how to acquire or build them.

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Why the Dry Toilet? Pros and cons discussed.

Site-Built Units Start with some explanations and decisions.

Base and Structure Construction of base and compartment.

Fittings toilets, urinals, plumbing, containers, vent pipe, and other fittings.

Sanitation, nutrient cycle, re-use, composting, maintenance, and other long-term concerns.

Manufactured Units you can buy and install.

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There are an estimated two million in about 100 countries, from indoor installations in multistory housing to outdoor facilities in rural settings.

People accustomed to flush toilets and western sewage systems will find modern dry toilets entirely satisfactory once they understand them and get used to them.

Although dry toilets have most recently been perfected as replacements for pit latrines in poor or developing countries, they are also suitable anywhere that sewer systems are unavailable, too expensive, or ecologically questionable.

Not all dry toilets are the same.

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“We’d be lying if we said it does not seem strange at first to use a toilet with no water, but you do get used to it quickly. If you’ve been raised with flush toilets, your most basic impulse is to make your waste vanish. Pronto. However, once you grasp the indisputable logic of the system, know firsthand that it does not smell, and have seen the contents transformed into sweet-smelling, clean soil through the power of composting, you'll never look at flush toilets the same way again." 
from: Mother Earth News

Thrudoor "When you hear the words 'compost toilet' there’s a good chance you immediately begin imagining some sort of terrifying box with a hole in it you want nothing to do with.... It turns out, however, that compost toilets are – and I can’t believe I’m saying this – not gross." from Fox News Readmore..>>