Do you love fruits? To a lot of people the answer would be yes. well you can plant fruit trees around your compound if you use the Arborloo latrine.
The Arborloo is the name given to a simple pit latrine that has a shallow pit and a slab that can be moved to be re-used over another pit latrine when the first one is full. A tree can be planted in the old pit once full, and the tree will grow very well in the nutritious soil.
An Arborloo is easy to construct and cheap to build. The Arborloo is made up of only 4 parts, which are the pit, the ring beam to protect the pit, the concrete slab which sits on the ring beam and the superstructure which provides privacy inside the latrine. The arborloo pit fills up with a mix of excreta, soil, wood ash and leaves. Leaves are put in the base of the pit before use and every day some soil, wood and ash is added to the pit. Dry leaves are also added to the pit. No garbage like cans, and non-biodegradable plastics is put down the Arborloo pit. When soil, ash and leaves are added to excreta, it changes quite fast into compost. The daily addition of soil and ash also helps to control flies and smells.
When the Arborloo pit is full, the slab and ring beam are moved to another place and a thick layer (30 cm thick) of soil and leaves is placed over the pit contents.
A young tree is planted in this soil and is watered and cared for and also protected against animals. Don’t waste waste. Let us use the Arborloo, let us have a lot of fruit trees around our compound and lets compliment our meals with fruits.
The Mzuzu University Centre of Excellence in Water and Sanitation oversees African water and sanitation research, which is networking regional water and sanitation work and also training of professionals through Mzuzu University. In 2009, the Mzuzu University Centre of Excellence in Water and Sanitation was established within the Faculty of Environmental Sciences. The primary objective of the Centre is to improve the effectiveness of sanitation, hygiene practices, and water supply interventions serving Malawi and the surrounding countries. The Centre participates in applied research, water quality analysis, training, consultancies, outreach programs, and the practical application of research findings.
Mzuzu University is implementing a share Grant Project Research In Private Sector Participation In The Delivery Of Sanitation And Hygiene Services (Research/Share/Malawi/2012/1) For The Government Of The Republic Of Malawi Ministry Of water Development And Irrigation.
On January 17th 2014, a Stakeholders Forum was held at NkhataBay. The purpose of the stakeholders forum was to:
- Present a project overview to stakeholders
- Discuss private sector institutions and their roles
- Discuss potential opportunities, barriers and threats within the sector in taking up sanitation facilities
- Discuss of intiatives the government is taking to encourage the medium-high scale entrepreneurs to take up sanitation as a business as stipulated in the policy.
- Discuss reasons why lending institutions are not willing to provide financial services.
The forum, moderated by Mzuzu University Centre of excellence in water and sanitation, brought together government officials and local community service organizations to gather feedback on promoting sanitation as a business throughout the district.