NEERI’s low cost urinal system a boon for Swachh Bharat Abhiyan

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 30 Aug 2017 09:50:34


By Kaushik Bhattacharya,

The flusher requires only 1 Ltr of water

It provides hands-free flushing

Promoting Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Swachha Bharat Abhiyan, National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (NEERI) has invented a low cost automatic mechanical urinal-toilet flusher which is very efficient for rural as well as urban areas.

According to Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation, Government of India, “More than 40 per cent of population lacks any kind of proper sanitation facility in our country while the condition is worst in the rural areas of which around 60 per cent population lacks improved sanitation facility.

“About 49 per cent population does not have any kind of sanitation facility in India. Thus, there is a great need for developing the proper sanitation facility in rural as well as urban areas and more importantly keeping it clean and hygienic in order to enhance its usability,” said Sushant Wath, Senior Scientist, NEERI and Project Leader to The Hitavada.
This low cost automatic mechanical urinal-toilet flusher is a project under CSIR-800 initiative which is coordinating by Dr Nitin Labshetwar, Senior Principal Scientist and Head of NEERI.

“The urinal-toilet flusher has been developed to provide a low cost and affordable hygienic alternative for the automatic-compulsory regular, unintentional and hands free flushing,” Wath stated.
Conventional urinals-toilets uses 4-14 liters of water per flush which is a biggest reason behind not flushing in urinals. Similarly, unavailability of adequate water; unavailable flushing system in toilets and non operational flush are another reasons behind not flushing and dirty urinal.

Keeping all these reasons in mind, Wath and his team developed this low cost urinal-toilet flusher to encourage Swachha Bharat Mission.
“This flusher needs no electronic operation, hands free flushing, low cost, easy and low maintenance, reduces associated health risk due to poor sanitation facility and most important very low water consumption (only 1 Ltr),” Wath explained.

This system can be fitted at Sulabh Shauchalaya, municipal toilets, urban public toilets, railway stations, bus stands, markets, malls, theater, schools, colleges etc.
“The system is in its last research phase and four units are already installed in Khapri village for testing. After using the flushing system 4000 times in the village it working properly and after this test we will start popularise this system for mass buyers in market,” said Wath.

Wath and his team completed this project under the support of former NEERI Chief Scientist Dr P S Datt. Interested persons, scholars, students can visualise this system in the CSIR exhibition on Wednesday which is going on in NEERI Auditorium.