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The Waterless Toilet: Technology With Potential

The Waterless Toilet: Technology With Potential

A waterless toilet isn’t as difficult to understand as it may seem. It performs the same basic hygiene functions that a standard toilet does. It gets rid of human waste, but it doesn’t use water. At first, this concept may seem contradictory and impossible: How can a toilet get rid of waste without using water to flush it down your Roswell plumbing pipes?

According to some reports, Americans use nearly 27 percent of their total household water supply for flushing toilets. Waterless toilets could reduce our dependence on water and our impact on the environment.

This relatively new bathroom fixture is not really based on complicated technology. However, it will require a bit more work from you. The toilet doesn’t connect to a central sewage system as your existing toilet probably does. Instead, the homeowners take care of removing the waste products. However, this product is not your mother’s outhouse - or even close to today’s often-smelly portable toilets that line soccer fields, local fairs and concerts.

Toilets in Action

There are two basic kinds of toilets: self-contained and remote. A self-contained model stores the waste inside the toilet. Depending on the toilet manufacturer, a toilet can store in a holding tank the waste of six people for as long as 6 months. Once users deposit waste in the toilet, they throw a carbon-based cover on the waste to eliminate odors. The mechanism inside the toilet begins to break down the waste and, eventually, the waste transforms into fertilizer. Once the holding tank is full, you’ll need to remove the material.

If you use a remote toilet, you don’t need to move the waste out of your bathroom yourself. The toilet connects to a chute that deposits the waste in a compost bin, and you can choose where to install the bin. It’s preferable to place the bin near the ground floor and close to the exterior wall of the home. Remote toilets are generally constructed to accommodate more people regularly using them. The composting bin goes to work creating fertilizer as waste is deposited into it.

Extra Features

Some toilet models come with a power feature that operates a combination of heaters and fans to evaporate urine more quickly and hasten the composting process. All toilets require a ventilation pipe to usher foul, harmful odors out of the bathroom. Toilets that also capture urine generally divert it through a separate chute or funnel. The chute connects to a drainage pipe and carries the urine either to a wetland near your yard or to a dirt pit constructed especially for this purpose.

Find out if a waterless toilet will work in your Roswell home. Call the experts at Casteel Heating, Cooling and Plumbing today! We offer residents of Roswell and the surrounding regions comprehensive plumbing services, including water heaters, sewer repair and drain cleaning.