A public toilet built 25 years ago and left in a dilapidated condition has been upgraded to a state-of-the-art washroom in Ward No-20 of Kathmandu Metropolitan City.
The toilet has been upgraded in a joint partnership between KMC-20 and Aerosan Sustainable Sanitation, to now make it disabled, environmentally and women-friendly. All the service facilities needed by the users have been installed in the reconstructed toilet building.
Aerosan Sustainable Sanitation is a civil society organization providing affordable and clean sanitation services to people in urban areas of the Kathmandu Valley. Since 2020, Aerosan Sustainable Sanitation has been providing financial and technical support to build clean, women, disabled and environment-friendly state-of-the-art and community-based toilets in various locations within Kathmandu and Lalitpur Metropolitan City.
The toilet built and operated by Aerosan was able to win the Nepal Academy of Science and Technology Promotion Award 2078 and was adjudged in the top five in the world-class Sarphati Sanitation Competition, 2021.
Between, 2020 and 2022, Aerosan Sustainable has put into operation four state-of-the-art public toilets in Kathmandu Metropolitan City and two in Lalitpur Metropolitan City 2020 to 2022. Prakash Amatya, Executive Head of Aerosan, shared that they have succeeded in providing facilities of public toilets to about 591,269 male and 180,536 female users, so far.
, the company has managed 70,699 liters of urine and 9,579 kg of feces by installing a biogas plant and producing 705.2 liters of biogas. Furthermore, it has been able to treat 360,000 liters of wastewater through a wastewater treatment system and harvested 2,740,160 liters of rainwater to be used in the toilets.
KMC-20 ward president Rajendra Manandhar inaugurated the newly constructed toilet on Saturday. Visiting the newly inaugurated public toilet premises, KMC Mayor Balendra Shah said many more such toilets should be built within the metropolitan city, and pledged necessary support on behalf of the KMC for it reports RSS.