In 2020, we – a team of Georgia Tech Engineers Without Borders sanitation researchers and engineers – joined the Wish for WASH Thinks (W4W)team to conduct this rapid technology analysis.
We hypothesized that the development of a self-cleaning toilet mechanism could be a potential method for counteracting disease spread and to improve the overall user experience of the public toilet.
We believe that such a mechanism will impact diverse populations around the world and help solve many hygiene-related issues, particularly related to compost toilets. While toilets can be implemented and used effectively, the upkeep or maintenance of the public toilets often renders them to be unusable after a period of time due to health, hygiene and safety concerns.
This review explores multiple self – cleaning toilet technologies from around the world in an effort to determine which mechanism could be the most feasible for use as a public toilet in an urban American setting (specifically in Atlanta, Georgia) in the post COVID-19 era.
Written by Engineers Without Borders-Georgia Tech members: Joshua Crawford, Neel Edupuganti, Mercy Espinoza Mendoza, Kristina Gandara, Prerana Kumar, & Esther XuDownload File