Gates Foundation Fully Automated Public Toilets Reduce Waste [Video]

Gates Foundation Fully Automated Public Toilets Reduce Waste [Video]

Delight units are being installed all throughout India.

Leah Gonzalez
  • 18 april 2013

Delight is a fully automated public toilet unit that was developed by technology research company Eram Scientific Solutions to help address public sanitation issues in developing countries, including India where it’s currently being installed in different areas.

The toilet system is fully automated yet designed to conserve water and energy. It is activated by coin and has an automated sliding door. The lights and exhaust fan are triggered by motion sensors when the toilet is in use. It has an automated flushing system that uses different amounts of water depending on how long the user is inside. The system has a water storage as deep as 500 liters and can be connected to existing drainage system. In case a drainage system is not available, it can be connected to a technology called bio membrane reactor that cleans and recycles water for further usage. The toilets are monitored remotely by agencies using GPRS controls. Each unit also has an audio system that users can use to communicate complaints.


Delight is a self-funding system with income coming from ads and the usage coin collection. The toilet unit is a project backed by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Eram has already installed 400 units of Delight in Kozhikode, Kerala State, and Delhi, and the company plans to install 6,000 more. Eram is also working on a SheToilet, which caters to the needs of women, and a model for schools.

Watch the video below for more about this automated toilet unit.


Source: Co.Exist


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