Four decades ago, when Bindeshwar Pathak began his work on changing unsanitary latrine practices, there were sceptics galore. Today, Pathak

Villages near Tiruchirapalli show the city how to manage sewage

In this paper, a concept of ecological sanitation has been discussed in details. Ecological sanitation (ecosan) is a system designed for making sanitation and agriculture complementary, as it aims at reuse of reclaimed nutrients to the soil, and conserve valuable water resources.

TIRUCHI: To solve the twin problems of rapid deterioration in the quality of drinking water and alarmingly high rate of decline in the per capita availability, a holistic and integrated sustainable sanitation approach was advocated by representatives from 20 states at the national level training program on ecological sanitation here on Tuesday.

CHENNAI: Perhaps fed up with regular toilets getting filled with rainwater, many residents of Kovalam on ECR are now shifting to the Ecosan model of toilets.

In fact, many seem to be opting for Ecosan toilets now, though they are costly.

TIRUCHI: Town panchayats and other urban local bodies should take to ecological sanitation models in a big way to overcome their problems in solid and liquid waste management, said T. Soundiah, Collector, here on Wednesday.

There is one source of fertilizer that seems virtually recession proof and protective against soaring prices as well-and that is the fertilizer in human urine. Environment and Public Health Organization (ENPHO) has for several years been promoting ecosan toilets which collect urine and faeces seprately.

An ecosan toilet is an eco-friendly sanitation product that was devised mostly for women who suffer from poor sanitation facilities. With the ecosan model being able to channel effluent productively and enabling it to be used as compost, setting up of kitchen gardens seemed the best thing to do, finds out Fehmida Zakeer

Despite the fact that India is experiencing tremendous growth as an industrialised society, it is estimated that at least 400 million people live on or below the poverty line. The majority of these people live in the many tens of thousands of rural villages scattered around the sub-continent. Life in rural India has in many respects remained much the same for the past several hundred years.

As India becomes more populous