Water, toilets and health
Polluted water causing health problems is almost certainly linked to the inadequate disposal of human waste.
The Nepal Sanitation Program has as a key goal the safe removal and treatment of human waste to avoid polluting the water table and ultimately drinking water.
Throughout Nepal there are many ‘cheap toilets’ built by various international and national aid programs. These programs build toilets that discharge the human waste into shallow earth pits or into a chamber of loose jointed concrete rings with an earth base where the waste ‘filters’ untreated into the surrounding ground. At best, these systems are effective for a very short period before they pollute the water table and drinking water.