Originally Posted by HappyMdRSailor
Erika - I'm not sure if I'm impressed... or... disturbed by your intricate knowledge of the various biological processes involved here... Thinking of you as super hero microbe girl...
He he, yes my reaserch was a bit overboard
but if you have ever lived with a bad holding tank AND are a germaphobe, well you'd understand :')
In my research
, which I will try to link, you cannot get the heat generated to properly compost poo. If I remember correctly it was the volume of the poo tank or storage
tank. Studies have shown that small tanks
, even a ten gallon one, cannot produce the heat needed to kill the bad microbes, the disease causing microbes. Drying or dessicating has been the preferred method in small sanitation systems. Best source for research
is to Google
third world sanitation studies. The boat people of Vietnam
had such a study.
I mean the goal here is to have a good smelling boat and dispose of our poo in a easy and safe manner. So understanding your head
, wet or dry is pretty important now that cruising is so popular and many anchorages
Dessicating isn't perfect either but it seems the best for us right now. I regard all used peat, no matter how well its dessicated, as potential source of disease and am very carefull in the disposing. I personally think the on board waste treatment system like lectrosan (spell?) Is the best solution as far as impact on the environment
and good smelling boats :-). That was going to be our next step if this dry head
thing didn't work out. But we are very happy with our simple dry head.
I'm on my hubbies phone
as my iPad
doesn't seem to like bahamas wifi
(wimax) . I'm pretty sure my head page on our blog has these links.