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In most months we have news worthy of posting but we don’t always get around to putting it up – as you can readily see by viewing the dates below!

If you know something about a NatSol toilet which seems worthy of a post on this page please let us know.

New toilets protect Cardiff’s water supply.

NatSol was called in by the National Trust to solve a problem at the very busy lay-by and car park at Pont ar Daf. The site is the principal starting point for walkers going up Pen y Fan, Bannau Brycheiniog. Welsh Water had been concerned for some time about discharges from the old toilet facility which had a septic tank and reed bed. The discharge from the reed bed was only a hundred metres or so from a stream running into the reservoir supplying Cardiff.

As a consequence the facility had been shut and toilet provision was by multiple portaloos.

We proposed a no flush toilet system which we had already installed in the Lake District for a National Trust site. That installation was to protect Wast Water England's cleanest lake. The design dates back to 2012 when we were asked to design a system for one of London's Royal Parks which is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).

The Pont ar Daf site is now up and running and seems to be coping well with the high levels of use.
Building design by George +Tomos Penseiri Cyf.

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Severn Farm Pond Nature Reserve.

Nik Cain, Reserves Officer from Montgomeryshire Wildlife Trust, inherited a Full Access Composter at Severn Farm Pond Nature Reserve that had been installed in 2007.

Andy, Ellen and Shaun payed a visit on the 22nd June and found that the toilet was in good condition needing little work.

We installed a urine separating "short plate" upgrade for  more efficient urine seperation.

We also did some general mainenance such as clearing the urine gutter and cut away some overhanging branches from the vent cowl. Nik stayed for the whole service so he can continue the work in the future.

We believe it is work that should ideally be done locally to contribute towards net zero.

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Bothy Stores

Bothy StoresBothy Stores are helping to raise awareness of NatSol toilets for use in bothies. In return we are posting information here about their project and website. Go to: Bothy Stores.

The Artist Bothy is an evolution of the Bothy Project network of off-grid artist residency spaces. Designed by the project’s founders, artist Bobby Niven and architect Iain MacLeod, it was developed in response to demand for a multipurpose self-contained cabin that can be located anywhere.

Bothy Stores is committed to using sustainable, innovative materials and streamlined building techniques to create simple, modern products. Modelled on the Bothy Project’s popular Inshriach Bothy, the Artist Bothy is a pioneering piece of low-impact architecture designed to enhance the experience of spending time in nature all year round.

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Local public park gets new toilets

Easebourne Park waterless toiletsNatSol provided two fully accessible Zero Discharge toilets for this public park at Easebourne in West Sussex. Emptying is by slurry tanker. The highly effective ventilation is passive.

The two toilets will take around 10,000 uses before they need to be emptied. Little maintenance is required.

We also supplied the bespoke building. This was erected by Artizans who carried out the entire installation and supplied the roofing material.

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Paddington moves in

Paddington moves inPaddington, minus his trademark hat, is seen heading towards a well installed toilet near Loch Lochy in Scotland. It is certainly a strong and durable building (our standard timber model for remote sites) and it already had one of the essential facilities of a dwelling - a toilet.

The picture was sent by the contractors, Philip Thompson Ltd, who were probably hiding behind a tree when this was snapped.

The toilet also serves people who wild camp on the Great Glen Way.

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NRW toilets win Platinum

Two of the Zero Discharge toilets at Cwm Carn Forest DriveNatSol supplied Natural Resources Wales with Zero Discharge toilets for Cwm Carn Forest Drive in 2021. In 2022 they were entered for the Loo of the Year Awards and won a Platinum award in the eco-friendly toilets category. The extensive redevelopment works for the forest drive have created an attraction that is accessible and enjoyable for all visitors. Here is a link to NRW's information about the award and another to the Cwm Carn Forest Drive website.

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A golden sketch

Sketch of toilet at Golden Hill Community GardenA student at Golden Hill Community Garden, Horfield Allotments produced this sketch of a NatSol toilet with accompanying text.

The toilet is shown with a hand gel bottle outside the toilet. Not a bad idea, though NatSol only supplies gel dispensers for the inside.

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Waterless urinals – introducing the AirFlush

AirFlush Urinal schematicAirFlushTM urinals were developed by Nick Grant, one of NatSol's founding directors, and Mark Moodie. Later they were marketed by the Green Building Store and this year NatSol took over the business. AirFlushTM works by creating a negative pressure in the urinal pipework so that odour from urine in the pipes does not enter the urinal area. There are no chemical blocks to replace and maintenance is very straightforward.

NatSol can supply complete systems or replacement parts. Go to: AirFlush

 

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Toilet tops

Full Access ComposterWe've been experimenting with the use of Corian (better known as a kitchen worktop material) for our toilet tops. The one shown left is on a Full Access Composting toilet. We first trialled this material for the Zero Discharge (ZD) toilets supplied to The Royal Parks in 2014. One would normally expect toilet seats with lids and hinges to be replaced at least once a year in public facilities. The toilets in Richmond Park have now been in use for 8 years and have been used by hundreds of thousands of visitors but have not yet needed resurfacing; a simple 15 min job which involves rubbing back with very fine emery paper.

The narrow opening was also an experiment at Richmond Park and after 8 years can be considered highly successful. It reduces light transmission down the pedestal, regulates ventilation airflow, and is very safe for young children. It is now standard on ZD pedestals. Go to: Zero Discharge.

So, following on from the success of Corian for ZD toilet pedestals we decided to try using it on our best selling toilet, the Full Access Composter (FAC) seen above.

Our toilets tops for the FAC have been lacquered birch ply with a conventional plastic toilet seat and lid on top. Good quality Forest Stewardship Council certified birch ply is becoming very difficult to get and, for obvious reasons, we have not been buying material sourced from Russia since March 22. The plastic toilet seats have also become difficult to obtain, due either to Brexit or Covid; we are not sure which. So we are promoting Corian for these pedestals too. It costs us a little more but we are absorbing that for the time being and we hope that it will quickly be accepted for its hygienic finish and streamlined appearance.

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