Borehole latrines - Loughborough University

When a large number of latrines have to be constructed rapidly, bored holes can be considered. In firm soils, free of rock, boulders or gravel, a hole can be bored ...
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Borehole latrines When a large number of latrines have to be constructed rapidly, bored holes can be considered.

Latrine shelter designed and built with appropriate local materials

Foot rest

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Compared with conventional latrines, borehole latrines have a shorter life, taking between 3 and 5 years to fill.

Air vent

0.5m

In firm soils, free of rock, boulders or gravel, a hole can be bored using a mechanical or manual auger (see below). The diameter is usually between 300 and 500mm and they are usually 5 to 10m deep. The top metre of the hole is lined with a piece of pipe and a small cover slab is provided.

Quick to construct and with re-usable components, they can be used as a temporary solution in refugee camps.

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Drill-rods

Work-table

Typical diameter 400mm Depth 5-10m (depending on water table)

Tripod

Pipe lining (greater length may be required in unstable formations)

Borehole

Break line

Solids accumulation

Cutting tool or ‘auger head’ Rod Shaw / Glenda McMahon © WEDC Loughborough University

Rod Shaw / Glenda McMahon © WEDC Loughborough For further information visit:University http://wedc-knowledge.lboro.ac.uk/