The “Indoor Outhouse” (a sawdust toilet)

A few months ago I mentioned the possibility of a composting toilet to Dad. His immediate response was, “That’s nothing but an indoor outhouse!” No matter how I explained it, he continued to object. It took him about two weeks to calm down, and he still inquired several times just how far my land might be from a gas station!

Since then I’ve reconsidered the idea. There is a septic system already on the property I bought. Though I like the sawdust or incinerating concepts most of the time, in the last months there have been times I’ve appreciated my current flush system enough to consider low flow options.

Whatever I decide on, I’ll probably have a composting toilet at least for a little while. It won’t bother me much if it’s just me. I’ve used wood based cat litter for the cats for years with little scent and few really disgusting days. Still, there is a balance, and I may not find any balance in a composting toilet. Not when Dad comes to visit, at least.

*To be considered a residence, code requires that my small house be hooked to septic or sewer. It’s one of the only rules in that unincorporated area, but the rule will stand fast. It’s a fair trade for the liberties they give me in other aspects. I am looking into very low flow models and cycling grey water through it so that it is compliant, practical, and eco-friendly. Suggestions and ideas for homemade water cycling systems would be welcome.


About thrugracealone

I'm a country girl raised city. I prefer open windows to AC, love a good thunderstorm, and enjoy hearing the owls and seeing lightning bugs. A bit old-fashioned, maybe, I can recognize many trees by name, resent elms and weeds, wish for a large garden and canning skills, and hope someday to downsize and get a few acres in the country. I am blessed with a terrific church, a good job, a sturdy house, two cats and a yard full of strawberries and mulberries in the right season. Some of my other favorite things to do are spoiling nieces and nephews, reading, swimming, biking, long walks, and blogging, of course. One of my favorite stories is creation. My abbreviated version goes like this: 1In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 2Now the earth wasa formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters... And God moved... And God said... And it was very good. If God can speak to darkness, to an earth without form and void, and make something like this that we see everyday, and make it very good (and it was even better before the Fall!), He will surely make something wonderful out of the dark, void situations I sometimes find myself in. He has, and it's been very good. Two top posts: Can a Person Lose their Salvation? Baptism!

Posted on January 3, 2013, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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