WARANGAL: In order to promote twin pit composting toilets as low-cost sanitation solutions in rural areas, a team of about 40 principal secretaries and joint secretaries of various states, led by Union drinking water and sanitation secretary Parameswaran Iyer, took up cleaning exercise of twin pit toilets at noted model village Gangadevipally in Geesukonda mandal of Warangal (rural) district on Saturday.
The idea behind the entire exercise was to demonstrate the safety of twin pit composting toilets. As many as seven twin pit composting toilets, which were filled, were cleaned by the team members. Parameswaran Iyer himself got down into one of the pits and removed the waste.
The team examined all the pits and found that they have converted into natural manure which could be used in agricultural fields. Impressed by the twin-pit composting toilet system adopted by the villagers, Parameswaran Iyer said that such a system should be adopted by every village in the country. “It’s not only safe but cost effective too. If we adopt twin pit composting toilet system we could not only save the drainage and ground water from getting polluted but also save a lot of money,” Iyer said.
Stating that conventional septic tank system has never been a right choice, he said twin pit composting toilet system was the best system to dispose solid waste. “These toilets are not only cost effective and safe, but the waste could be used as manure. It is the best manure.
Farmers could use it in their fields. We would recommend to the government to promote this system on a larger scale in the country,” Iyer said.“Septic tanks are not only expensive but also unsafe as the tanks overflow and contaminate the drinking and sewerage water. As far as rural areas are considered, only twin pit composting toilets are the right choice,” he said.