“Dr. Jerry Dean Epps says the Eppivent is a waterless toilet that requires no electricity and has no bad smells. No working with waste required like with compost toilets. Internal flush moves contents out of sight. Waste is digested in main tank, moves through the bio-filter tank and the small amount of liquid discharged is safe for the environment but we send it to an underground evaporation/transpiration bed anyway. It is a stand alone and completely deals with waste on site.”
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It’s Good Friday, Envirolet is closed for the holiday, and I have guests coming to my cottage. The electric composting toilet doesn’t seem to be doing anything. The light is on as is the fan, but the “stuff” isn’t going anywhere. Can anybody trouble-shoot for me? I need to do something before the weekend. Thanks!
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Pricing details from Dr. Epps:
Prices below assume grid electricity available for the powered vent. The solar package can be added for $205.
The kit costs $775 and contains the “key parts” or “trademark secrets” or “operational guts” of the technology. I will have it assembled, or coded/marked so well that putting it together, for a “handy” person, should be simple-and so it will work! I can send this as a “small package” with UPS as opposed to having to send it as “freight UPS”. Kit will have instructions. The kit will not include the large (500 liter) and small (100 liter) tanks and long pipe lengths (vent), etc.
The needed items not included in the kit will be purchased on location by the customer. This additional cost is about $350 (most of which is for the two tanks –new). Considering the $775 kit I ship to them (they pay shipping) and the $350 additional they spend on location, they will have everything they need to get the toilet in operation at a Customer (DIY) assemble and install price of $1,125.
When I get Licensed Distributors (the franchise model), they can buy the kit from me, handle the on location expenses and assemble and install the unit, cover their overhead and take an entrepreneurial profit, for a suggested sales price of $1,625, Distributor assemble and install.
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I understand that Mother Nature, given long enough compost time and proper care, can compost human waste nicely, and give us fertilizer to boot, if we simply use a bucket(s) for our elimination needs. New buckets are only about $5-$7 USD. The Eppivent was not made to replace or compete with that.
Many people living in very dry (& drying) parts of the world want what to them looks like a “regular toilet”, but does not need water, fresh or gray, for flushing–thus the Eppivent. The room could be any size, the user chose this size.
Call it crazy, but many people do not want to see their waste in the toilet. This toilet flushes it from sight without using additional water for the flush. Some people see working with their waste to turn it to fertilizer as a nasty chore. Anaerobic digestion answers this concern in that it reduces the volume of human waste to almost nothing, without composting chores. What flows out and into the evapo-transpiration bed is a small amount of liquid–for the squeamish, no composting chores. Waste is dealt with straight away and on-site.
The cleaning brush usually stands in the disinfectant water in the bucket–“germs” killed.
As Owen said, it fills a niche. And for the DIYer, or the franchisee, we will have the kit. It is a business opportunity for 3rd world entrepreneurs. Interested parties should contact us at http://www.teachdemocracy.org
I have to agree with Mark that the cost of the system negates any possible benefit.
You can build a humanure toilet for <50 US$ (using new material, even less if you use recycled material). Mixing a bucket into the compost pile once or twice a week beats cleaning after each flush with that nasty-looking (germ-laden?) brush. Also, you can fit a humanure toilet into a much smaller space than the giant room shown in the video.
I don't understand the obsession people have with flushing. Sawdust covers it just as well.
Dr. Epps is going to include a kit with just the parts that will cost far less.
You and I may like composting toilets just fine, but many people will not use them. The Eppivent toilet fills a niche.
I have to agree with Owen Geiger. Many people (like myself) don’t mind a regular compost toilet. My husband, however doesn’t like something that feels less traditional than a water flush toilet. This is something I am interested in myself. We are currently entering (slowly) the process of building our own home, and with where it is located, grey water systems are legal with certain restrictions. This is something that we have been looking for for quite some time. I am very excited by the prospect of this products use. It also opens up a lot more people to the prospect of compost toilets in general.
Thanks, Nina. These toilets are obviously completely different. It’s not fair to compare this toilet with a sawdust bucket toilet. I just priced a Sun-Mar at $1,595. The Biolet is $1,300. The Envirolet is $2,100.
One size does not fill all. People want different things. Someone building $100,000 or more home probably wants more than a sawdust toilet.
i would rather use grey water for flushing my regular toilet.. and have a rain water catchment system in the house for all my needs.. you could build your house with what that toilet cost and save the hassle of cleaning after every use.
Owen and All, I apologize for not being completely market ready. I am “handy” but not in the digital world. It was a big success here to get a decent video in operation. I am excited about the toilet, and want more test time here in America to be sure the parts are durable, etc. The ventless Gendarme model in Botswana is selling for $1,500 USD. (Thanks Cliff) We will have to add some here for the eletric, or solar (panel, controler, batteries,inverter), powered vent as customer chooses. Shooting for April to be able to take (& rapidly fill)an order. I am honored that this technology came into my hands. It saves water, and in countries where poor sanitation generates a lot of diseases, it also saves lives. In America, the initial appeal may be for remote locations where there are no eletric and water lines.
I will be happy to field questions sent here or to our website address that Owen gave above. Happy New Year to All.
Cindy, their current pricing is about $1500 USD. Elegant and clean design. Well thought out. Kudos.
Eppivent Waterless Non-electric Toilet sounds great but I can’t find any information on buying one!
There’s a contact form on their website: http://teachdemocracy.org/cms/index.php/contact/