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OVERHUNG LATRINES

Overview

An overhung latrine is built above the surface of water bodies like rivers or lakes. From the drop hole in the base the excreta falls straight into water and decomposes there over a period of time. It is usually made of light weight material like bamboo, wood, tin sheets. It may or may not have a roof. It is usually supported by bamboo and mangrove stilts. The flooring is also of bamboo slatswith a hole at the center.No treatment is done to the excreta.


Features
  • Practiced in scarcely populated areas with large freshwater body
  • Can be built using locally available material
  • Cost of construction is minimal
  • Easy construction, operation and maintenance
  • Supportingwooden parts of superstructure need to be replaced regularly
  • Hazardous to health if thewater body is small and if is also used as clean source


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