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Ar. Richa Raut, Ar. Kanak Kashyap, Ar. Minal Gujjar
It is an interesting fact that the traditional toilet systems invented centuries ago in the earlier civilization used up much less water than what we do today, and wasted even lesser amounts of it.
Each group was given one location for a case study on the traditional toilet systems in the area. Our group was given the location of Ladakh, and the opportunity to study about the dry toilet system there.
Ladhaki's have a very unique way of waste disposal and management.
They use the dry toilet systems which are very sustainable and practical based on the climatic conditions. The system prevents pollution of surface water or groundwater. It also enables safe reuse of excreta. Water for the locals is basically served by melting glaciers. .As the time passes by the waste is broken down and mixed homogeneously with the sand. And the finest manure is produced which is scattered around the fields and the farmer yields good crops and thus good food.
Residents of Ladakh, reeling under a severe water crisis, want tourists to use traditional dry toilets instead of the commonly-used flush ones due to the numerous advantages they have over them.
Study Of Traditional Toilets In The Region Of Ladakh