Pam Maz wrote:
Can I get an eye roll ?
Rick Martin wrote:These countries where Gates is trying to solve the waste problem are very poor and have cesspools everywhere. Wastewater literally is dumped into the rivers not far from where others are getting thier drinking water. Not surprising that diseases are out of control.
Anything will help, but it has to be affordable for the locals or they can't do it.
I think this is a *very* important factor in the equation and with the issues of an increasing number of displaced persons on the planet, the whole issue of not just safe "disposal" of urine and excrement, but genuinely safe, easy to access and emplace, systems to recapture the nutrients we excrete particularly following natural disasters like earthquakes or hurricanes when people are more concerned with getting through the day than on polluting the local drinking water supply.
I had followed up on my other reading with this one, and at first missed what the author was documenting - the sociology of poop disposal in various cultures.