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    Throughout India there are many areas covered with trash, especially in the slums. Defecating in public is common. This affects the people of Ind… Read More
    Throughout India there are many areas covered with trash, especially in the slums. Defecating in public is common. This affects the people of India negatively. As people keep defecating freely they do not realize the harm they cause or that their fecal matter goes into their water supplies and rivers. Some Indian cities tried adapting the underground sewage system, but did not build proper refineries. The polluted water is pumped into the rivers, which people and nature depend on. Rivers are a drinking and bathing source for humans and animals. Villages that have little to no running water also depend on the river to support their communities. The government says they are treating it, but they are merely pumping chemicals into it. Now these rivers run black, bubbling with methane gas, and no source of life, and the Indian people still drink and bath in it. The main cause of children deaths is due to water borne infection. The people do not realize how much they are causing harm to themselves due to this tradition of public defecation. They live among their trash and feces, thus living among bacteria and disease. By not cleaning up after themselves and leaving it for someone else to worry about causes the bacteria to get into their food and water source, along with breathing it in all day every day. In the summer there is such a huge water shortage problem, aiding in keeping water sources clean will help many cities and villages to have a good source of drinking water.Fight 500 years of culture and tradition to defecate in public, and that why it is such a huge problem today, even though the country is evolving to one of the industrial countries in the world, most people do not have access to proper facilities. More people in India have cell phones then bathrooms. In designing this product, it is important that I come to understand the culture, so my product meets the needs of the Indian people. In India, western water toilets are not accepted. They do not like sitting where others have previously defecated or the idea of water splashing back and making contact with the skin because it is impure. Even though more difficult that sitting, squatting offers health benefits, by giving the joints that range of movement daily, helping fend off arthritis and building strong leg muscles. By making the system status-based, you let it be known that you have a latrine it help with your statues. Have some recognition that you can proudly show off, thus drawing others in. This is a design for the people of India that cannot afford to install septic tanks in their homes. This is a human composting system that is home based and helps clean the community and also aids in converting waste matter into energy, along with having this product being affordable and easy to use. Read Less
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