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Sanitation needs highlight of Rotary meeting

Published: Saturday, March 18, 2017 1:15 a.m. CDT
Bob Newlon (right), Rotary Zone 29 chairman of water and sanitation, shows Tyler Ewing (left) of Rock Falls Rotary Club how a Urine Diversion Degradable Toilet can be used by people in many countries with no basic sanitation available. Photo submitted by Betty Clementz.

Bob Newlon, Past District 6420 governor and member of Oregon Rotary Club, traveled to many parts of the world to help install both sources of clean water and basic sanitation.

Tyler Ewing, Rock Falls Rotary member, welcomed Newlon to speak on his trips to Guatemala, Costa Rica, Nigeria, and Phillipines at a recent meeting.

Newlon designed a Urine Diversion Degradable Toilet which can be constructed anywhere and used to eliminate pathogens for proper removal of human excrements. At the same time, salvaging waste to be used as fertilizer where soil is poor and in need of such.

The device diverts urine, which is rich in nitrogen. It can be used in a vegetable garden to enrich the soil. Human manure can be used to enhance tree and shrubbery growth where plants often do not flourish. The device also promotes basic sanitation education to the people in the villages, where basic needs are addressed.

Newlon will take a trip to Costa Rica to install some of the UDDTs. Anyone interested in joining the team can email Betty Clementz at tbclementz@gmail.com or contact RockFalls Rotarian.

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