In response to our open letter to Kenya Roads Board – PROVISION & MAINTENANCE OF TOILETS ALONG ROADS FOR FREE USAGE – some of you have suggested that SANI SOLAR on the road sides should be seat-less. Our response is as follows.

Attitudes towards public toilets have shifted significantly over the last years.

Society has changed fundamentally, for instance most of us now have toilets with seats and washing facilities within our own homes.

Therefore, and evidence from various studies suggests that, people increasingly prefer to use toilets in managed buildings such as shopping malls – these public toilets have seats. Because of the seats, cleaning is rigorous.

The proposed road side toilets therefore, if seat-less, risk falling into a cycle of decline where low usage creates an atmosphere of neglect, discouraging public use for the purposes intended and attracting anti-social behaviour, graffiti and criminal damage, which in turn increases maintenance costs.

A situation where maintenance costs are high or rising, and public use is falling, is not sustainable.





Dear Sir,


This letter is open because promoting public access to toilets is not only about increasing provision, improving the quality and cleanliness of toilet facilities, signage and other information about what is available. It is also about sharing information – including intentions to provide, small details like signposting, and mapping of, local toilets – that help to shape an image for roads, towns and cities that makes a lasting and positive impression on local people and visitors. This is important for local people and visitors alike. 

Please allow us to, at our cost, add and maintain SANI SOLAR toilets along your good roads for free usage by road users. The toilets, related signages and access will form part of existing road furniture (like drainage systems, bus stops etc). Note that the toilets don’t use water, they use solar heat instead. The toilets will manufacture fertiliser for locals.

We ask to do this because you may not be planning to do this instantly, yet Kenya Ministry of Health and road users expect road services to include toilet facilities that are accessible, clean and safe.

Last week, director of public health in Kenya Ministry of Health, Kepha Ombacho, said ‘..all banks, supermarkets, parks, bus stations and other public places must have clean water and sanitation systems…In Nakuru and Narok, a bus driver can’t stop on the way and let passengers go and defecate in the open. They will be arrested and fined. This is what should be happening in all the counties’.

While proposing that buses should have in-built toilets, many members of public have welcomed this directive.

The truth is that very few of us can afford fares for buses with inbuilt toilets and we cannot stop call of nature so the busses must stop where we (with your support) will provide toilet facilities.

Thanks for your time and consideration.



(no signature because this letter is an email transmission)

Yesterday, we shared this on facebook and we received many of your responses.

Such emptying services exist because each of us, especially in Karen, pours 11L of water in toilets, every time we add just 1/2kg of faeces and urine in the toilets –– this is water we don’t have much of.

We should not blame the small private and informal enterprises that provide us the emptying services. Instead, we should dry the faeces because 95% of faeces is water that can easily evaporate from faeces on site. We should also dry urine to form stable plant fertiliser. We should all partner in installing SANI SOLAR wherever we can, to avoid this unfortunate business.

People downstream will use this water therefore, Kenya roads authority must now partner with us in cleaning this water (in photo). Indeed, the authority builds good roads that are evidently catching this water for the water starved.

This is unfortunate

Geplaatst door RaHasolutions op zaterdag 7 april 2018