A Rapid Technology Analysis: The Case for Self-Cleaning Technologies and Methodologies in Public Toilets

In 2020, we – a team of Georgia Tech Engineers Without Borders sanitation researchers and engineers –  joined the Wish for WASH Thinks (W4W)team to conduct this rapid technology analysis.

We hypothesized that the development of a self-cleaning toilet mechanism could be a potential method for counteracting disease spread and to improve the overall user experience of the public toilet. 

We believe that such a mechanism will impact diverse populations around the world and help solve many hygiene-related issues, particularly related to compost toilets. While toilets can be implemented and used effectively, the upkeep or maintenance of the public toilets  often renders them to be unusable after a period of time due to health, hygiene and safety concerns. 

This review explores multiple self – cleaning toilet technologies  from around the world in an effort to determine which mechanism could be  the most feasible for use as a public toilet in an urban American setting (specifically in Atlanta, Georgia)  in the post COVID-19 era.

Written by Engineers Without Borders-Georgia Tech members: Joshua Crawford, Neel Edupuganti, Mercy Espinoza Mendoza, Kristina Gandara, Prerana Kumar, & Esther Xu 

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