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PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (May 15, 2002 - Post-Courier/PINA Nius Online)---The words "enviro loo" may soon be on the lips of people living in Port Moresby’s settlements and villages if a toilet project on trial is successful.

The new toilet system was launched for a trial period at the Sabama settlement in Port Moresby by builders and the sponsor, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

The "enviro loo" is a new evaporation/dehydration sanitation system with a feature of separating liquids and solids of human waste as they go into a holding tank. The waste is eventually dried and transferred into composting bins. The unit relies on a wind ventilation process and does not need water or electricity.

The toilet was built at a cost of K 13,000 (US$ 3,581).

Moresby South MP Lady Carol Kidu, health officials and Boroko Rotary Club president Michael Saunders witnessed the launch with about 100 members of the settlement’s Ihu community.

Lady Carol told the Ihu community that they were important people as the sanitation trial project was in their area.

Settlements and villages in Moresby South electorate and others in the city could have a similar toilet system depending on the success of the Sabama project, she said.

Elder Punga Paewai from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints said the sanitation project could be a "blessing" or a "curse" for the community. He said it would depend on how the people looked after it.

The toilet is hygienic and user-friendly.

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Pacific Islands News Association (PINA) Website: http://www.pinanius.org 

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