If you happen to find yourself in a SHTF situation there will be a lot of problems you will have to solve for yourself. Of course food, water, shelter to name a few. Another big issue you will come across is how to deal with your waste. No, I’m not talking about trash I mean human waste. Think about it, how often do you go to the bathroom in one day? Something you normally wouldn’t pay much attention to can pile up and fast. Not to mention if you have a family. If the grid goes down that means no running water to flush your toilet. There are a lot of different situations that can come from this. If you have a septic system or not waste can back up in any one of these. So here are a few ways to deal with waste.
First, it is very important you know that exposure to human waste can cause serious illness. Diseases like Cholera, Hepatitis A, E parasites, and worms to name a few. So take the proper steps to ensure you and your family’s well being. This article will focus more on if you live in a rural area. You will need to build a poo hole. Make sure where ever you place your hole it is at least 200 feet away from your shelter, garden, and any water source. Take into account runoff water. It should also be downhill from all your amenities as well. So when it rains there is no chance of contamination with any of your drinking water or food.
For a temporary solution, you can use a cat-hole. These are made for one time uses. So you will need to use multiple cat-holes over a large area. Once you found a good area dig a hole about 6 inches deep and 6 inches wide. Do your business and cover the dirt you dug up. If it becomes clear that you will need to survive like this for a longer period of time or indefinitely then you will need to come up with a long-term solution.
A trench latrine is more suitable. This is for multiple uses. It will take more hard work but in the long run, you will be grateful. Be sure to assemble your latrean away from your camp, any water supply, and food supply.For this method, you need to dig at least 1 foot deep, 2 feet long and 1-2 feet wide. After each use makes sure to cover your waste with plenty of dirt. When you have covered it with the amount of dirt that you think will be sufficient, double it. I can not stress the importance of covering your business very well. Otherwise, flies will have a field day which can then lead to Fecal born Pathogens. It would also be a good idea to cover the trench with a big piece of wood or something similar. You can also build a makeshift toilet set so you don’t have to squat every time. Some privacy would be preferred as well. Tie up a blanket with some sticks or trees. It is also a good idea to create a separate waste area for your liquids. You can make a pee tube by digging at least 1-2 feet down. Add some rocks or crushed cans in the bottom. Next place a 3-4 inch PVC pipe in the hole and cover bottom of the pipe with dirt. The cans or rock along with the dirt below will keep the smell and chance of overflow away. Mark any areas where your trench is located so if for some reason you have to run around in the dark you will not trip or fall into your fecal filled hole. This an issue we don’t talk about in our everyday lives but when SHTF you will be glad you know some basic skills to deal with waste. Happy pooping.