Why Put a Composting Toilet In Tiny House? -Five Reason You Should

If you are trying to decide between installing a flush toilet or a composting toilet in your tiny home, consider the following five reasons why you should choose the composting toilet system:

1) Composting toilets help conserve valuable water resources. Flush toilet systems waste enormous amounts of clean drinking water each year. It is estimated that every day, Americans flush over 4.8 billion gallons of water down their toilets.

To keep the water flowing to these flush toilets, dams must be built, water piped hundreds of miles and then chemically treated, and then after all this expense and effort, 40% of the water will be flushed away. The situation in developing nations, where clean water supplies are often quite limited, is even direr. For more information, read “What is Wrong with Flush Toilets.”

2) Composting toilets are safer for the environment. If you have any questions about the damage sewage systems do to our environment, type the words “sewage spills” into Google and read some of the results. Septic systems are not much better, as groundwater contamination due to seepage from the septic tanks is a growing problem in many regions.

Composting toilets have little risk of causing any comparable type of environmental damage (in fact, the end product of the toilet composting process is actually good for the environment). For more information, read “What are the Environmental Benefits of Composting Toilets?”

3) They are a good choice economically. When initially comparing a flush toilet to a compost toilet, the latter may seem much more expensive. But it would be best if you were mindful of the many hidden costs associated with flush toilet systems.

For example, installing a composting toilet costs less than half of what it would cost to install a septic system on your property. If you are connected to a sewage system, you will save on connection costs over the year. With a composting toilet, you will also save enormously on annual water costs. For more information, read “How Much do Composting Toilets Cost?”

4) They produce a valuable end product that is good for the environment. Whereas flush toilets produce a waste product that must be treated and disposed of, composting toilets produce a nutrient-rich end-product that is a valuable soil additive.

Rather than posing an environmental risk, the humus from composting toilets helps create an even greener environment around us. For more information on how to use hummus in your garden and yard, read “What is Humanure and What Can I Do With It?”

5) Most composting toilet models are easy to install and have a less environmental impact than flush toilets. With a composting toilet, you will not need heavy machinery to excavate a septic system or connections to a sewage system. Self-contained models are straightforward to install, but even remote systems are quite easy to install with some professional help. See “Types of Composting Systems” for more information.

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