Laguna Water’s Portable Toilet Solution (PTS), a project dedicated to address the lack of proper sanitation services and facilities in low-income populations, was recently announced as a recipient of a PhP30 million funding for being chosen as one of the five projects under “Urban Sanitation Challenge” of the Water Engine Innovation; a pioneering partnership between Australian Aid, Grand Challenges Canada, and the Global Innovation Fund.
The PTS project offers to resolve the insufficient access to proper sanitation; a challenge experienced by millions of Filipinos belonging to the base of the pyramid.
Many families across the country who do not have toilet facilities in their own homes are forced to resort to open defecation. This practice often leads to various diseases and health problems, and even dire environmental consequences.
Laguna Water sees to promote availability and affordability of sanitation services and facilities, and sustainability of the program by encouraging support from public private partnership and community involvement.
To date, the water company have already started the study and the testing of two PTS designs from LIXIL Japan and Loowatt United Kingdom. This lays the initial work to determine an affordable technology and portable toilet design that is most suited for the targeted Filipino community recipients.
Under the proposed PTS system, base-of-the-pyramid households will be given a portable toilet bundled with their water service connection. The toilets will have a collection system to ensure proper disposal and treatment of household waste in a reliable wastewater treatment facility.
With the support from Grand Challenges Canada, Laguna Water will pilot this project to 30 families in Laguna with no toilet facilities, and plans to expand it and cater to at least 30,000 households.
A sustainable sanitation solution that could be replicated and scaled elsewhere in the Philippines and other developing countries, PTS was also recognized by World Bank Group and the Zicklin Center for Business Ethics Research at the Wharton School as one of the top innovative ideas for financing and implementing the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals.
Grand Challenges Canada, funded by the Government of Canada and other organizations, provides financial support to innovators in low- and middle-income countries and Canada. To date, it has supported more than 800 innovations in more than 80 countries which have the potential to save up to 1 million lives and improve up to 28 million lives by 2030.
Laguna Water is an authorized water and wastewater service provider in the Province of Laguna. It is a successful public-private partnership between the Provincial Government of Laguna and Manila Water Philippine Ventures; a wholly-owned company of Manila Water Company Inc.