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EPA Grant Number: SU835514
Title: Development of an Improved Arborloo to Promote Sanitation in Rural Environments

Rochester Institute of Technology’s Waste team has designed a light-weight toilet for rural areas of developing countries. Called the Arborloo, this toilet is a simple pit latrine that sits over a shallow pit that safely holds human waste. When the pit is full, the Arborloo is moved to a new location, the pit is covered with dirt, and fruit trees or vegetable gardens are planted in the nutrient rich soil. While most Arborloos are built as do-it-yourself projects by homeowners, the goal of this project is to develop the Arborloo into a low-cost commercial product to encourage widespread distribution.

Challenge Area(s): Water

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