BASICS : HOW TO BUILD A PIT LATRINE

Steps

  1. Select a suitable site that is at least 30 metres from wells Step 1
    1
    Select a suitable site that is at least 30 meters (98.4 ft) from wells or bore holes. This will help to ensure that human waste doesn’t end up in the water supply.
  2. Dig a pit in the ground Step 2
    2
    Dig a pit in the ground. Make the pit 1.3 meters (4.3 ft) wide and 3 meters (9.8 ft) deep.
  3. Line the pit around with bricks Step 3
    3
    Line the pit around with bricks. Mortar the bricks in place with cement. Use a trowel to neaten the mortar and remove excess mortar.
  4. Cover the completed brick pit with a round cement slab with the required holes Step 4
    4
    Cover the completed brick pit with a round cement slab the same diameter as the hole (1.3 metres wide).

    • The slab needs to have one hole for ventilation via a chimney and another hole to squat over. Cut these out before sealing the slab in place.
  5. Seal the gap between the slab and the pit well Step 5
    5
    Seal the gap between the slab and the pit well. Use cement mortar again. Sealing it vital because it will trap any flies and prevent them from congregating.
  6. Build brick walls around the toilet base Step 6
    6
    Build brick walls around the toilet base. This is for privacy.
  7. Attach chimney to the ventilation hole and bring it up Step 7

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