The New Alternative to The Conventional Mining Toilet
Toilets traditionally used in underground mines have not evolved much in one hundred years. They are essentially collection boxes which must be taken to the surface and emptied when full. This approach results in two problem areas:
- The cost of ongoing extraction and emptying . The cost involves the labour and supervision of the actual move and the opportunity cost of the regular mine transport of this system.
- The welfare and wellbeing of the miners who must use this system with ongoing smells, potential contamination and no privacy. Miners have reported that they will travel to the surface rather than use these toilets, particularly when they are nearly full.