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.