Category Archives: sanitation

toilets, loo, clean water

Sanitation technology and the disabled

This is too important for just a Tumblr note. Appropriate technology, especially when it comes to clean water and toilet systems, cannot be emphasized enough. It also takes forethought and the ability to put one’s self into another’s position. To practice, try covering your eyes or smearing oil or grease on your glasses. Tie one hand behind your back or hug your neck and try to get up from a chair or commode. Hold pillows in your hands and try to open the door. Wear earplugs and listen to instructions.

Nepal: user-friendly water and sanitation services for the disabled

Traditional coverage of access to basic amenities like water and sanitation has inadvertently excluded the needs of the disabled.

Creating user-friendly water and sanitation services for the disabled: the experience of WaterAid Nepal and its partners, a discussion paper by WaterAid Nepal outlines the problems faced by the disabled in the country in accessing water and sanitation services.

The importance of disability-friendly latrines for dignity and social inclusion […]

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environmental change] New WWF Report Available – Arctic Climate Impact Science

Date: Mon, 12 May 2008 06:00:00 -0400 To: “ArcticInfo” Subject: New WWF Report Available – “Arctic Climate Impact Science – an Update since ACIA” The full report can be downloaded at: The World Wildlife Fund (WWF)’s International Arctic Programme announces the publication of an update report on the Arctic Climate Impact Assessment (ACIA). The report, “Arctic Climate Impact Science – an Update since ACIA,” reviews related science publications and impacts that have…
  • >Idaho conference to explore risk of lead poisoning in condors, game animals BOISE, Idaho — The potential risk of lead poisoning from high-velocity bullets, whether to carrion-eating condors in the Grand Canyon or to food bank patrons in the Midwest, is the subject of a scientific conference next week. 5/10/2008 11:47 AM
  •â??s-dry-alternative/ >Philippines: San Fernando’s Dry Alternative Three years ago, residents of coastal and upland villages in San Fernando City polluted their drinking water with their own excreta. Today, they take pains to practice safe hygiene and sanitation. An innocent looking dry toilet (UDDT – urine-diverting dehydration toilet) and an untiring city mayor propelled this shift through a 2-town ecological sanitation pilot…
  • >China: Rising Eco-Town Boasts “No-Flush Toilets” A big housing development project is bringing ecological sanitation toilets that do not require water, to a water-scarce municipality in the northern region of the People’s Republic of China (PRC). The largest urban project of its kind in the PRC, the project also boasts of an onsite eco-station complete with greywater treatment and thermal composting of…
  • >Sulabh International plans to open branches in 50 countries Dr. Bindeshwar Pathak, founder of >Sulabh International Social Service Organisation, India, revealed in an interview published in April 2008 in the Asian Development Bank’s (ADB) “Water Champion” series, that his organisation plans to open branches in 50 countries. Sulabh has already constructed and is maintaining public…
  • Biologists to keep closer eye on northern eider ducks in face of die-offs Federal government biologists say they will expand their monitoring of common eider ducks in Canada’s North, as concerns escalate over avian cholera in northern bird colonies. 5/9/2008 12:18 PM |
  • Same is true for YKHC and LANL (duh!)
    Wages last thing on departing doctors’ minds – study A study of junior doctors leaving Canterbury District Health Board (CDHB) has found career development, training opportunities and travel were the main motivators, with wages a factor in just 5 per cent of cases. –
  • [solid waste, health] utensils made from compostable corn, Nunatsiaq News 2008-05-02 : May 2, 2008 Turn old spuds and corn stalks into dinner ware Businessman dreams of plastic-free future JANE GEORGE Kuujjuaq resident Bruce Turner has a dream – that all businesses, government offices and municipalities in the North will one day use biodegradable products instead of plastic. Turner wants to see mining camps, restaurants, airlines and the Cruise North travel firm use totally reuseable and recyclable…
  • Some keyboards ‘dirtier than a toilet’ Some computer keyboards harbour more harmful bacteria than a toilet seat, research suggests. 5/1/2008 01:26 AM | … “If you look at what grows on computer keyboards, and hospitals are worse, believe it or not, it’s more or less a reflection of what’s in your nose and in your gut,” he said. “Should somebody have a cold in your office, or even have gastroenteritis, you’re very likely to pick it up…
  • “By Heather Blumer (Submitted: 05/06/2008 2:47 pm) I have been working on several alternatives to the the of gravity. After all, among the other forces in physics, electromagnetic, strong interactions and the weak interactions, gravity is arguably the least understood. One of my alternative theories is the theory of “malicious falling.” When a body (be it a person, a rock, an asteroid or the moon – as in orbital motion) falls, it is not because of gravity, but rather it is due to a universal…
  • Aging Deliberately: Inquiries About Emergency Response Systems Kitsap Sun (Subscription) – WA, United States By Liz Taylor Q: What can you tell me about emergency response systems? My mom lives alone, and I’d like to get one for her but don’t know the right …
  • >AK: Elders May is Older Americans Month, so this week we salute our Elders. We’ll speak with a woman who, in 1960, became Alaska’s first African-American teacher and meet seniors who say your golden years are when your life begins. Plus, “Where to Retire” magazine recently called Anchorage a retirement “tax heaven,” but is it really an all-around paradise? All that and more this week on >AK, heard statewide on local APRN stations statewide. …
  • Just in time for MayDay heritage Preservation day— Aging Deliberately How to handle the legacy of family photos What becomes of family photos when you die? Readers weigh in. (Mon, 4/28)
  • Cashing out an elderly parent’s IRA — in just 9 visits to the bank By Molly Selvin A son runs into red tape as he seeks to tap funds for his 92-year old father’s care. Over three months last winter, David made nine trips to the bank. Sometimes I accompanied him. He spoke with several “customer solutions representatives.” He produced his dad’s durable power of attorney and living trust for inspection multiple times. Those documents were repeatedly faxed to the bank’s central legal department…
  • “Old age is expensive in Alaska. A report at U.S. News & World Report details the rising cost of housing for the old. Citing an interactive map prepared by Genworth Financial, staff reporter and blogger Emily Brandon says a day in an Alaska nursing home averages $515, while in Louisiana those services can be had for $125. Be nice to your kids, Brandon advises.” – [Aging] Alaska Newsreader: Alaska Newsreader |
  • Announced by the Clean Hands Coalition, the week of September 21st-27th is this year’s official International Clean Hands Week.
  • Aging Deliberately Make sure you don’t get tangled in the Web I have a love-hate relationship with my computer. My first was a so-called “portable. ” Weighing 35 pounds (or was it 35 tons?), it stretched my arm… (Mon, 4/21)
    [aging] Son hires drinking mates for elderly father : Son hires drinking mates for elderly father Reuters | Friday, 25 April 2008 Found: drinking companions to join elderly gentleman for a friendly beer at his village pub in Southern England. … for someone to accompany his 88-year-old father Jack on visits to his local pub from a nursing home. He offered the lucky winner $NZ17 an hour plus expenses and… decided on a job-share… duties are to be divided between a retired doctor and a former military…

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    Anthropology in a climate of change, war, and internecine environments 2

    [In process]
    Part 1**

    Part 2*** From a follow-up to the newslist discussion about anthropology and climate change–

    Q. “So…what can we do to solve this problem? Can we think like engineers?”

    Please, don’t. Not even anthropological engineers. For example, see this — Continue reading

    Do it yourself machine shop

    In case you hadn’t seen this on the other site, I urge those readers interested in recycling, appropriate technology, and self-sufficiency to take a look. Be sure to read the first comment.

    old construction projects
    old cars, trucks, sno-gos (snow machines) contribute petrochemicals, carcinogens, lead, cadium, antifreeze poison, etc. Let’s put this to good use, eh?

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    Pay as you go clean-toilet program

    It’s too easy sometimes for us to say we live in a third-world state when requesting infrastructure funding. We say this even though Alaska has only one census district that is among the USA’s poorest.

    It might be useful sometimes to see what the genuine third-world is doing for sanitation and public health. A lot of these ideas would be feasible to modify for rural Alaska (and many, such as dry sanitation, have been modified for first-world economies in the north, except us.) It isn’t just the technology, but the planning ideas which may be the most valuable to consider. For example, from Sulabh International Social Service Organization,

    “The whole idea is to save water,” says Ramachandran. “Today, we’re taking good water from the river and using it to flush toilets, which makes the water dirty. Then we use expensive treatment techniques before dumping it back into the river. [emphasis added] Instead, why not treat it at the source?”

    from the February 15, 2007 edition
    Pay as you go: clean-toilet program for India’s towns
    A local group is sparking a quiet sanitary revolution that the World Bank and UN call a model for other developing countries.
    By Anuj Chopra | Correspondent of The Christian Science Monitor

    …Through community participation, Bremen Overseas Research and Development Association (BORDA), a German funding agency, built a pay-and-use community toilet for 500 local families here that is now run and managed by locals themselves….

    These toilets are affordable for the poor, and the cheapest model can be constructed for as little as $10. And in a country where water shortages are a primary reason for the dearth of toilets, Sulabh’s toilets aren’t water-guzzlers: They require only 2 liters of water compared with 10 liters for a conventional toilet…

    Sulabh’s systems often come with an innovative modification: the attachment of a biogas plant. Through these plants, human waste produces biogas that, when mixed with diesel fuel, can power electrical devices such as streetlights. A similar technique of wet-sanitation is being replicated elsewhere in India by groups like BORDA.

    …the attempt isn’t simply to dole out toilets to the poor, but to build them through community participation while educating people about the importance of sanitation.

    “We do not want the government to give any subsidy to build toilets,” says Mr. Pathak. “We just want them to tell banks not to refuse loans if poor people want to build toilets.”

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