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Author: sureshb
Friday, July 30, 2004 - 2:59 am
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Hi,

For the last few days I visited few State and National parks on the west coast. Whenever I had
to visit rest rooms, I always felt how difficult
and expensive to maintain rest rooms. There is
tons of cover material available every where,
but we still have flush toilets or pit ones which
are not that good. Is it possible to add composting
toilets in these parks on experimental basis ?
Since space is not a problem, the pit ones can
be filled with 50 % or more with cover material
at the start of the season. Cover material can
be kept in rest rooms with instructions..
Is this possible ?

Author: admin
Friday, July 30, 2004 - 9:22 am
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Of course it's possible.

Author: Larry
Saturday, July 31, 2004 - 1:11 pm
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Toilets are a significant budget item for managers of recreational sites. Composting toilets are often used in the NW States for remote locations where the cost of hauling out septage from tanks is prohibitive. Here in Washington our State Parks and Recreation Dept. uses CTs on some of the San Juan Islands campsites. An innovative Park manager, Dave Castor, some years ago installed several of his wheelie bin outhouses at Island sites. The non-profit Washington Water Trails Association supports the use of composting toilets at campsites for recreational paddlers, and has published a 20-page guide to on the installation and maintenance of CTs along waterways (available from: www.wwta.org ).

Converting an existing vault or pit toilet to a composter doesn't seem likely to work very well. Lack of drainage will lead to smelly anaerobic conditions. The only practical way to empty the vault is by pumping. Adding carbon materials just complicates the pumping operation, and increases the volume of septage that must be hauled away.

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