9 results for tag: waste treatment


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Regular readers of the SOIL blog will know that in November our amazing weather station in Limonade went live, and that since that time, it has been sharing the local weather data with the world. Rainfall, temperature, wind direction and speed, pressure… it’s all there for anyone to access! Last month, the University of Limonade requested a tour of our waste treatment site so they could see the weather station and hear about how it works and what we do with the data. They were also interested in using the data in their own curriculum, as an educational tool, because weather data in Haiti can be quite difficult to obtain. Ultimately there ...

SOIL’s Northern Haiti Site Is A Growing Tourist Attraction

Glory in the shade of beautiful trees and lush greenery! Wander over to check out the “Red Zone!” (but don’t wander into the “Red Zone” because you’ll have to disinfect the soles of your shoes afterwards). Behold the the wonder and mystery of the “Natural Water Purification Act!” And don’t forget to take a ride on the PoopMobile before you exit the "park" (And by park, we mean waste treatment site). Do all this and much more at SOIL's waste treatment site, Mouchinette, in northern Haiti, one of the region's most exciting (and unexpected) tourist attractions! We'll admit, we’re still working on our marketing for “SOIL-L...

Disinfecting Urine and Being “Claire Twa”

Hello! My name is Claire or, as I was known around the office, “Claire Twa” (meaning Claire Three), since there were two other women named Claire working there at the time. I am a Master of Public Health student in Environmental Health at Emory University, and I worked with SOIL this summer to study various inexpensive and easy ways to disinfect urine before disposal. I tested the addition of different levels of ashes, vinegar, and Clorox since these three materials are accessible and inexpensive. SOIL’s style of Ecological Sanitation (the safe re-use of the nutrients in human waste) utilizes a urine diversion toilet which separates the ...

Le Nouvelliste: Des toilettes aux assiettes: Et si nous passions à des solutions alternatives pour l’assainissement?


SOIL Uses EcoSan Technology to Treat Wastes From Caracol Industrial Park

SOIL is excited to announce a new collaboration with the Caracol Industrial Park  in northern Haiti. After experiencing a technical issue  in one of their waste collection tanks, Caracol approached SOIL's Cap-Haitien office about collecting and composting the wastes from the tank to allow for Caracol technicians to make needed repairs. As there are very few waste treatment options available in Haiti (government-run waste treatment facilities in Haiti currently treat toilet wastes from less than five percent of the population), this collaboration ensures that the 1,500 gallons of waste collected from Caracol will be safely treated and transformed ...

International Political Forum: Holy Crap: How Haiti's Human Waste is Being Used for the Better

By the International Political Forum, August 20, 2013. Original post available here. The earthquake of 2010 devastated Haiti – since then it has perpetually struggled to re-build itself and for those that have chosen to keep an eye on this impoverished Island we have seen few success stories. Corruption, insufficient and ill organised foreign aid and news of the deadly wave of cholera that swept the Island are the only stories that leaked out onto our news pages. Only 16% of rural Haitians and 50% of those in cities have access to sanitation facilities, since the earthquake Haiti’s human waste has been taken to the city’s dumping ground, the ...

CEPR: "As Cholera Continues to Spread, Some Turn to Composting to Help Fight it"

Originally posted on March 11, 2013 by the Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR). For reference links, see original article. As of March 4, 2013, cholera has killed 8,057 Haitians and infected nearly 650,000 more. Despite some claims of progress, the epidemic, which was introduced by United Nations troops, has been significantly worse in 2013 than during the same period the year before. From January 1, 145 cholera victims have officially been reported dead, compared to just 22 last year. Worse, this occurred during the dry season, when cases generally taper off. The latest bulletin from the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian ...

The Guardian: Haiti Recycles Human Waste in Fight Against Cholera Epidemic


Experiments in Composting: Po Pistach!

We are REALLY excited up here at the Cap-Haitien office about our new cover material: ground peanut shells! We have been using bagasse (a byproduct of sugarcane production) for years, which has been doing the job, but perhaps not breaking down as fast as we would like. It’s important for us to have a carbon material that works well with feces to break down into compost in a timely manner, as now we are processing so many people’s “waste”. Because sugarcane production is a large portion of the Haitian agronomy sector, it’s been easy for us to obtain as much bagasse as we want. However, we have recently become good friends with Meds for Kids, ...