In Ecuador 46.4% of households lack access to sewerage systems, and then much wastewater is discharged from sewerage into the environment untreated. On the one hand dry toilet systems present themselves as an optimal solution against this backdrop; they mitigate the production of black water, whilst having fertilizer as the end product. On the other hand, they tend to have a low acceptance level by potential end users. This problem of social acceptance is then further exacerbated in urban areas. In order to overcome this, the design of an ecological dry/semi-dry toilet was carried out in two phases. The first phase consisted of purely sociological research, where the aim was to determine the basic design parameters that should be used for ecological toilet prototype. The second phase is the development of ecological toilet prototypes, which are then tested in terms of their level of acceptance/rejection by potential end users. The overall aim is to develop toilet prototypes that on the one hand mitigate the production of black water, whilst on the other are accepted with open arms by end users, and even preferred over the conventional toilet common to urban areas.
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