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(@mason)
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24/09/2018 7:21 am  

Hi there,

I’m researching options for a composting toilet system for the tiny house I’m building. I’m wondering it anyone has thoughts on creating a system for a non-flush toilet? The house is on a trailer, so the system needs to be contained within a small space, and I’m trying to minimize (if not nearly eliminate via a purification system) my grey water output.

So far, I have set up space for a drawer under the toilet that can be accessed from outside. The original design was for a composting toilet, but I’d love to try to engineer a vermicompost system. Some possible non-flush issues I can think of that would maybe need solutions: accumulation of material, anaerobic conditions, temperature spikes. 

Many thoughts are much appreciated!

Thanks!

Mason 


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27/10/2018 9:12 am  

Hi Mason

Sorry for the delay in getting back to you. The system didn't alert me to your comment and it got lost in all the spam comments.

Yes you can use worms with a non-flush toilet, but this is going to need a fair bit of experimentation to find the best way of doing it and it's not something I've tried so it's hard to advise you. It's also hard to suggest solutions without a clear idea of things like the volume of the drawer under the toilet, how your grey water system is going to work, whether you're thinking of urine diversion and the worms dealing with solids only, or ...?

The huge advantage of flushing (aside from convenience and cleanliness) is that it maintains optimum humidity levels where the worms are situated. Worms need around 60-70% humidity. If you add a means of maintaining humidity, whether water, urine or both, then you also need a drain. The drained water needs to go somewhere. If the vermicomposting system is working as it should be, then you ought to be able to take the output through your grey water purification system (though the worms themselves could also purify grey water), BUT you need to think about what might happen if things go wrong and how you would deal with that.

These vermicomposting systems don't fill up. In fact, you have to add material because the organic material is used by the ecosystem to clean the wastes. In over 20 years of using a single tank, Anna Edey (who's work this concept is based on) hasn't ever had to empty her tank. But there are many variables and much may depend on the ratio of system volume to input.

You need to ensure the temperatures in the tank/drawer stay below 28℃ and preferably above freezing. I don't know where you are, so I don't know how realistic that will be in your climate without insulation.

Anaerobic conditions are only likely to develop if the tank/drawer fills with liquid.

Best

Wendy


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