So, what does a work day look like for a global development engineer? Jason Kass, the founder of Toilets for People, might not call himself a “global development engineer,” but he shows us one of his days building toilets with pictures.
Kass is a contributing editor at E4C, an environmental engineer and a member of Engineers Without Borders — New York Professionals Chapter. He recently returned from a marathon of toilet installation in villages along the banks of the Amazon river and its estuaries in Peru. He and his team installed 17 bathrooms in 10 days, a new Toilets for People record.
The toilets are a design of their own. They call it the Compact, Rotating, Aerobic, Pollution-Prevention, Excreta Reducer, which, by amazing coincidence, happens to spell out the acronym “CRAPPER.”
The toilet is made entirely of locally available materials including plywood, hardware, toilet seats, 5-gallon buckets, and a 15-gallon drum, and they cost about $100. And, importantly, “Any local who knows his or her way around a basic tool kit can maintain and repair them,” Kass writes in the article: High-Tech Toilets? What We Need Is a Low-Tech Toilet Revolution.
This is a day in the life of a global development engineer building bathrooms in the Amazon.
For more context, here’s a video a part of the building process: