“The BOB” Latrine: Toilet Without Water


The unique BOB Toilet (Biodegradable, Zero Waste Toilet Without Water)

The unique BOB Toilet (Biodegradable, Zero Waste Toilet Without Water)

(far right) Rotarian Bob Newlon with Evelyn Castillo (far left) of Bayanihan Foundation in Barangay Salvacion, Giporlos, Samar

(far right) Rotarian Bob Newlon with Evelyn Castillo (middle) of Bayanihan Foundation in Barangay Salvacion, Giporlos, Samar

On March 14, 2016,  I traveled to rural Samar, Philippines with Rotary 6420 Past District Governor Bob Newlon from Oregon, Illinois. We went to one remote barangay (village) to try his newest invention, “The BOB Toilet”, a biodegradable, zero waste toilet invention that doesn’t use water. Yes, believe it or not it does not use water. It uses rice hulls and banana leaves to help decompose human waste and turn it into fertilizer. The urine is diverted that significantly reduces the smell and could also be used as organic fertilizer. The slanted roof of the toilet collects rain water so school children and adults could wash their hands and promote hygiene and sanitation.

The road to the village (barangay) Salvacion, Giporlos, Samar

The road to the village (barangay) Salvacion, Giporlos, Samar

Barangay (village) Salvacion sits on top of the hill overlooking Giporlos Bay in the southeastern tip of the island. In 2014, it was one of the first areas hit by super-typhoon Haiyan, the strongest typhoon in recorded history to hit landfall. Evelyn Castillo, the Bayanihan Foundation, chose this remote area to be the recipient of the first BOB toilet trial. The village also does not have a lot of access to clean water and the BOB toilet will be the first public use toilet for the school children and the families that live near the school.

Bob Newlon (middle wearing yellow shirt) explains the BOB Toilet Without Water to Community Leaders of Village Salvacion, Giporlos, Samar

Bob Newlon (middle wearing yellow shirt) explains the BOB Toilet Without Water to Community Leaders of Village Salvacion, Giporlos, Samar

The village captain and the community leaders were very receptive to try the BOB toilet, the latrine model that does not use water. The community leaders gathered around Bob and listened to him intently. Bob explained  how to build and how to use the unique toilet system that he invented. I think that this toilet model would be beneficial to villages like Salvacion that also do not have access to clean water. The BOB Toilet could also move towards zero open defecation and promote hygiene and sanitation.

 

In the next few weeks, Evelyn Castillo of the Bayanihan Foundation will report back on how the school children and community members are using the BOB Toilet and if the first interest and warm reception continues as they use their new BOB latrine, a toilet without water.

(far left) Dale Asis and school children of Barangay Salvacion, Giporlos Samar

(far left) Dale Asis and school children of Barangay Salvacion, Giporlos Samar

Advertisements

About daleasis

President of the Bayanihan Foundation Worldwide
This entry was posted in philanthropy, Philippine poverty, Volunteerism, water & hygiene and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

2 Responses to “The BOB” Latrine: Toilet Without Water

  1. Barbara Dix says:

    Ingenious! What a great invention, and a good thing for the people.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s