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ECOSAFE TOILET TECHNOLOGY EVALUATED IN LINE WITH ENVIRONMENTAL STANDARDS.

Aug. 23, 2016


A Technology Assessment Scoring workshop conducted by the Environmental Health and Sanitation Directorate (EHSD) of the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development (MLGRD), on the performance of the ECOSAFE Toilet has shown that the toilet technology ranked low in meeting the EPA Effluent Standards for domestic wastewater.

However, the technology was found to be socially acceptable and affordable for low income urban communities. It is worth noting that the Sustainability of a technology is as strong as the weakest link (effluent standards).

The evaluation was conducted using the Technology Applicability Framework (TAF), which assesses the applicability and scalability of sanitation technologies based on six sustainability dimensions and the relevance of each dimension to the user of the technology. The Six (6) sustainability dimensions are: Social, Economic/Financial, Environmental, Institutional, Skills/Knowhow and Technological factors. ECOSAFE toilet technology was found to have red ratings in the both Environmental and Technological factors.

The workshop which took place in Accra brought together all major stakeholders in the Sanitation sub-sector such as the Public Health Engineers and other Officers from Metropolitan and Municipal Assemblies within the Greater Accra Metropolitan Area, the Community Water and Sanitation Agency, Global Communities, UNICEF, World Bank, Water and Sanitation for the Urban Poor (WSUP) and Ghana Institution of Engineers.

The assessment was conducted in various communities within the GAMA where a number of Ecosafe toilets have been constructed with the support of the GAMA Sanitation and Water Project.

Head of the Environmental Health and Sanitation Directorate of the Ministry, Demedeme Naa in his address indicated that, the purpose of the assessment was to ensure that emerging innovative toilets are sustainable and suitable for the country.

All stakeholders agreed, as part of recommendations, to provide technical support to the toilet producing Company, Vulpec Ghana Limited to improve on the digester to ensure that treatment of wastewater improves. The technology however was not recommended for adoption and upscaling as further improvements is critical for its uptake into the sanitation sub-sector and Ghana as a whole.

Other technologies such as Samalex digester, Davsar digester, Eclean, Sebcom digester, Comsans biodigester and the Sanigreen Mulch toilet are also being assessed by the EHSD.