E-toilets introduced in Kochi schools

January 16th, 2014 Category: Educational Establishments

Imagine the collective sigh of relief that would be released by all school cleaners in the UK if the government introduced self-cleaning toilets into our schools. There would be no more mopping up the puddles left by children who have missed the mark. 

This is exactly what Kendriya Vidyalayas, a system of central government schools, has done in the Kochi province of India. The scheme is part of its “National School Sanitation Initiative” (NSSI), which aims to improve the sanitation of the country.

According to the Deccan Chronicle, D.Prabhakaran, assistant commissioner of Kendriya Vidhyalaya in the Kochi region, said: “We’re going to implement the NSSI drive in schools in the region from the next academic session onwards. 

The initiative is aimed at having better sanitation in schools and also to inculcate good sanitation habits among the children.”

So what are e-toilets I hear you say? Well, they are fully automated loos that come equipped with a mechanism for cleaning the floor and regulating the supply of water. 

The stall isn’t huge, its around 20 sq ft and has two doors – a sliding door at the front and a normal door. When the sliding door is open, the light and exhaust fan are automatically activated.

How often do children forget to flush the toilet once they have been? The e-toilet makes sure that the next user is not confronted with the previous occupants deposit as this clever loo does it for them. This trick is sure to make school cleaner’s jobs a bit more pleasant!

The government hopes that these automated toilets will improve the hygiene standards of the schools they will be installed in, as currently they are failing to achieve satisfactory levels of sanitation.

E-toilets will also mean staff and children have access to cleaner drinking water – as the firm that installs the loos comes back and cleans the water tank every month. 

The scheme will hopefully mean everybody is happier and healthier!