If you are thinking about either bringing indoor plumbing to your cottage life, or renewing the existing plumbing it’s worth considering an environmentally friendly low water or waterless composting toilets.
I believe composting toilets are the wave of the future, especially for cottages built near lakes and rivers and have many advantages, especially for the cottager. For example, no need of a septic tank, and many of the models can be used year round, including during freezing winter temperatures. One thing I wouldn’t miss is the digging up the septic tank to have it pumped out periodically. Not only is it hard work, the damm smell stays with me for weeks. These composter toilets are oderless and the only time I might have to pick up a shovel is to mix the compost into the garden. Gotta like that.
Having to drain the water supply and shut things off in the winter is one of the reasons our cottage isn’t used all year round, or not much. One of these toilets might just be the answer!
I think these will become the cottage toilet of choice as more and more cottagers recognize their benefits and the benefit to the environment.
There are three types of these toilets, waterless self contained, waterless remote and low water remote.
The Envirolet Basic Plus Waterless Self-Contained Composting Toilet (Non-Electric), White simply means that the entire toilet and composting system is contained in one unit which is the toilet itself. These are great for places with no basement or a low ground clearance under the cottage.
The Envirolet Waterless Remote Composting Toilet System (120v Electric) means that the composter unit is located under the building or in the basement, even outside against a wall. These are ideal for smaller bathrooms or if you want to have the toilet look very much like a conventional toilet. I would say these are a little more designer friendly. Provided you have the outside or underneath the building space for the compost unit.
The Envirolet Low Water Remote Composting Toilet System (120v Electric) uses approximately a pint of water per flush and has the composter located underneath the building. They look and act a little like a conventional toilet. Again, these are a little more designer friendly and take up less space in the bathroom.
Depending on where your cottage is located, digging a hole for a septic tank for a conventional toilet might be either very difficult or even against the local environmental laws. Installing a composting toilets means you don’t need a septic tank or disposal field.
There is a requirement for electricity for some of toilets, it’s needed to run the auger and fans but I’m led to believe the power usage is minimal, and if you are like me, you need power to run the water pump for your existing toilet, so not much difference there. However, here is the good news, there are also models that don’t require electricity, instead they use wind power to run a turbine, or you can purchase a hand crank model, that you periodically turn by hand yourself. These models would be ideal for the cottage location without electricity. Imagine…talk about living off the grid….
The other thing to consider is how many people will be using the unit. Don’t try to scrimp and save a few bucks buying one that is not big enough for your needs, remember, even if it is only occasionally, you do have the odd party or group of friends at the cottage, so adequate toilet size is a consideration.
I also feel composting toilets require a bit of periodic maintenance but from what I have read it is minimal and probably not near the trouble of pumping out a septic tank every few years.
I have to be honest, I haven’t used a composting toilet, but I will definitely be considering one when the time comes to replace our existing bathroom toilet.
These things intrigue me. I know that the time is going to come for a new septic tank at my place, and I dread the day. Between the cost of the replacement tank, the contractor to put it in, and the permits and inspections required by our local laws, replacing the septic is not something I am looking forward to at all.
With a composting toilet, I can avoid all that hassle at probably half the cost and a lot less stress, and end up with some environmental friendly compo
st for the garden or my trees.
What more could I ask for?
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