Updated on January 16, 2024

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Created on June 15, 2020

Digni-Loo

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The Digni-Loo was developed to diminish the issues with traditional latrines such as slab cracking, cleaning challenges, and affordability.

Developed By
  1. Duraplast Ltd
Tested By
  • Ministry of Sanitation and Water Resources – Republic of Ghana
Content Partners
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Product Description

The Digni-Loo  is made up of a plastic slab, ventilation pipe, and drum/plastic lining. The Digni-Loo is design to require limited construction materials and cost 80% less than traditional latrines. The Digni-Loo was developed to diminish the issues with traditional latrines such as slab cracking, cleaning challenges and affordability.

Target SDGs

SDG 6: Clean Water and Sanitation

Market Suggested Retail Price

$85.00

Target Users (Target Impact Group)

Household, Community

Distributors / Implementing Organizations

Global Communities Partners for Good

Competitive Landscape

Direct competitors include DuraSan Latrine.

Manufacturing/Building Method

Durable and reusable plastic latrine slab manufactured by Duraplast in Ghana.

Intellectural Property Type

Trademark

User Provision Model

The Digni-loo is distributed from Multiple Field Offices: Accra (Main), Accra (Annex), Takoradi, Kumasi. There are three purchase schemes. Customers who can afford to pay full price, customers who need access to credit and customers that will require full subsidy.

Distributions to Date Status

9,000 have been distributed of 20,000 purchased by the Ghanaian Government

Toilet type

Pit latrine

Evacuation method

Pour flush

Storage conditions

Pit

Capacity (L)

Dependent on pit depth

Time until emptying

Unknown

Design Specifications

The Digni-Loo is a molded plastic latrine floor slab. The slab is designed to fit over new or existing latrine pits. The Digni-Loo provides an affordable, durable, and reusable plastic latrine slab, which is visually appealing and easy to install and maintain. Once the pit is full of the Digni-Loo can be removed and placed on an empty pit. The weight of the slab is 15 kg with overall dimensions of 120 cm x 99 cm x 59 cm. The Digni-Loo can be use with any soil type.

Product Schematics

Technical Support

Provided by the manufacturer.

Replacement Components

Unknown

Lifecycle

20 years

Manufacturer Specified Performance Parameters

This product was designed to reduce issues around traditional latrine maintenance and construction such as slab cracking, cleaning challenges, and affordability.

Vetted Performance Status

The Digni-Loo was submitted to the Technical Assessment Framework carried out by the Ministry of Sanitation and Water Resources and tested by the Ghana Standards Authority.

Safety

There are no known safety issues with this product at this time.

Complementary Technical Systems

Additional vent pipe and latrine sleeve can be added to the slab.

Academic Research and References

Doe, B., Aboagye, P.D., 2020, “The place of subsidy: affordable sanitation service delivery in slums of Kumasi, Ghana“, GeoJournal.

White, Z., Boot, N.L., 2018, “The evolution of rural sanitation approaches in Ghana“, Loughborough University, Conference contribution.

Compliance with regulations

Approved by Ghana Standards Authority.

Evaluation methods

The Digni-Loo underwent static load testing and passed a 160 kg load test.

Other Information

The Digni-loo project wins USAID'S Private Sector Engagement Award RCN - Ghana: Global Communities Invents Plastic Slab Latrine To Replace Wooden And Cement Slabs Global Impact Project: Innovating the toilet to control Cholera The World Bank - Implementation Status & Results Report A video about the product can be found here.

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