August 29, 2009
When you don’t have running water, you also don’t have toilets. What do people without toilets do when they have to go to the bathroom?
Some people find a spot in behind their coffee or fruit trees.
What impact do you think this would have on the environment? On the groundwater that supplies people’s wells with drinking water? Can you think of a better alternative?
Within the past many years, there have been many community development projects with the main focus of building latrines or outhouses for people who live in areas where a toilet is not an option. Outhouses can help protect the drinking water by keeping the bacteria in human waste from washing into a stream or leaching into the groundwater supply.
In the rural community where I lived, toilets are not an option because they use far more water than any family could afford to waste. Instead, families build outhouses.