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Monday, March 17, 2003

Speaking at the World Water Forum, Peter Rouse the President of the World Water Association has said that the world should revert to using human solid waste as compost + fertiliser and allow liquids to drain into the ground...

Mr Rouse also said that it will be almost impossible to meet the UN target of halving the number of people without fresh water and sanitation by 2015 and that the focus should be on community-led programmes which are more environmentally friendly and use less water, such as dry and low water toilets.

Unfortunately, according to Water Aid's Timothy Doyle many northern countries would however prefer to fund the building of western-style flushing toilets that are an "incredible waste of water resources" rather than the provision of fixed point latrines which can do a lot to improve basic sanitation + water use...

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