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Are Flush Toilets Appropriate in Third World Countries?

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But deep in the rainforest there is no central plumbing supply, and there are no sewers. In order to use their fancy government-supplied toilets, they had to drag water half a kilometer from the Napo River (one of the sources of the Amazon) and flush it into a cesspool in the back forty behind the toilets. The Anangu are no dopes and quickly realized the silliness of this, and shut them down in favour of "eco-toilets"- these well ventilated, raised, two-chamber outhouses where they can squat like they always have, don't need to carry water and only have to muck out twice a year. It is a lesson that appears to be lost on the rest of Ecuador.

Credit: Lloyd Alter

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