In order to reduce their impact on the planet’s natural resources and preserve the environment for future generations, many people are choosing to make small yet significant changes to their homes. Alternative toilets are becoming a common feature of the green lifestyle because of the huge amount of water that is simply washed down the drain every day as we dispose of our waste.
The water used in flushing a toilet counts for around 30% of most households’ yearly water consumption, with the average lavatory being used 5 times a day by each family member. By using an alternative toilet, we could save around 15,000 litres of water per year, per person. Scale that figure up to a family of four and the potential saving is a staggering 60,000 litres.
The cess pits that are used in remote locations could be thought of as an early form of alternative toilet, as they did not require a sewer connection to function. However, what options do modern homeowners have when they are thinking of installing an alternative toilet?
Composting toilets come in many shapes and sizes. Without producing any bad odours, they can transform both liquid and solid waste into safe compost. Instead of breaking down human waste using chemicals, composting toilets utilise microbes found in the air, along with moisture and the nitrogen which naturally occurs in urine. Users rotate the unit in order to combine this mixture and prevent the build-up of nasty smells.
An incinerating toilet can cope with every type of human waste, leaving the user with nothing but an odourless hygienic ash to dispose of. These are the ideal solution if you like the thought of an alternative toilet, but don’t want to compromise on the advantages of a flush. When the button is pressed, the contents pass into the lower chamber to be incinerated, any resulting vapour is expelled by a fan situated on the side of the unit.
In every waterless urinal, there is a patented drain tap that does not need a supply of water to work – moreover there’s no need for chemicals to replace this water. Waterless urinals reduce the level of odour which often builds up in a regular urinal. This happens because bacteria flourish in a moist environment, but waterless urinals halt the formation of unpleasant bugs and also have a siphon to stop the spread of smells. They do this by trapping the urine under a layer of oil and effectively sealing it into the waste pipe.
Also known as a urine diverting dry toilet, these units separate solid matter from liquid, that is then stored in a compostable bag which users have to eventually remove and compost themselves. The urine is piped into a soakaway on the exterior of the property, and odours are also directed outside by a small integral fan.
Express Drainage Solutions provide the highest quality drainage services throughout the South East. With over 20 years of experience in the industry, you can rely on our expert team for reliable and efficient liquid waste disposal, keeping your cesspits and septic tanks emptied, clean and maintained.