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Tips for keeping your pit latrine hygienic


Date Posted: 2/19/2013 5:47:00 AM

Posted By: SimonMburu  Membership Level: Silver  Total Points: 838

Pit latrines are the oldest sewerage methods especially in most African settings. Unlike modern flash toilets, they store human waste for relatively long periods which creates a condition for growth of harmful germs. Leaving them dirty and unattended creates a good breeding ground for flies, mosquitoes and waterborne diseases. In crowded areas like the slum dwellings, pit latrines could be a zone for contacting dreadful diseases like cholera and diarrhea. In order to keep these pits clean and safe for human use you need to practice the following tips.

1. Lock your pit latrine to keep intruders at bay. If you live in rental houses where these facilities are somehow scarce you need to keep your pit latrines closed and only authorized to the house dwellers. This will help in keeping the latrine clean most of the time.

2. Clean it regularly with detergents, antiseptic toilet cleaners and brushes to scrub away dirt on the surface. These chemicals help kill germs plus they leave fresh air in the latrine.

3. Use sprays to eliminate flies. Flies can carry germs from the toilet to your household. A buzz free latrine also shows hygiene.

4. Make sure you leave the latrine door open for about ten minutes after cleaning to allow in fresh air. You don't want users to come from the latrine smelling like hell.

Apart from these tips, make sure the pit is emptied or replaced once it's about to fill to the brim.

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