May 20, 2022


Self reliance and independence

Building and Types The Latrine

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Building and Types The Latrine Part 2.
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Due to the proximity of the latest hurricane and the effects on family and friends to the hosts of this show the first half hour of this show is devoted to the realities of preparedness and in helping others be better prepared.

Building and Types The Latrine Part 2

In this episode of Reality Check, we are continuing with part 2 of building and using a latrine. Our number 1 focus is still on number 2. Everyone knows it by the same name whether latrine, loo, outhouse, head, water closet, privy, potty, or toilet. It is something that we are all going to have to do once it hits the fan. Dealing with human waste is a very touchy subject, but one we all will have to deal with. Ignoring proper bathroom sanitation can lead to disease, sickness, and death.

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Last week we covered a few diseases like typhoid, cholera, diarrhea, and dysentery. We covered some behaviors and practices that you need to adopt in order to stay clean and healthy. We covered the dangers of open defecation, the latrine checklist, the proper locations of latrines, and finally we covered sizing a latrine.

This week, we will talk about how to build a proper latrine and different latrine types including the pit latrine, Ventilated Improved Pit, Arborloo, Fossa Alterna, the trench, cesspool, and septic systems. Remember the easiest thing if you are bugging in, is to just save rainwater to flush your toilet. We will cover ventilation, insect control, and safety. Yes, latrine safety is important because you do not want to fall into it. We will also cover some ideas and methods for controlling odors with lime, baking soda, or compost. We will also cover some portable techniques like how to properly dig a cat hole against a tree so that you can lean back and not have to hover, portable composting and chemical toilets, bedside toilets, 5-gallon buckets with pool noodles, and some other ideas for going on the go.

Curious to learn more? Join EK and I this Friday as we continue to discuss sanitation for latrines and how to deal with poop.

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