When one hears the word gulper, questions may start roaming up in his mind. In the business world today, pit latrine emptying has come up. It is really paying because there is great rise in population and so there is great need. Different people and organizations have come up with various methods to deal with feacal sludge for instance chemicals that are commonly used now days. Hear arises the question “are those chemicals efficient enough” my opinion is no because of the research that there is negative effect they cause to the longevity of the latrine. The latrine can easily get damaged.

Due to that research, here comes the “gulper”, the long awaited solution to faecal is one of the easiest methods used to empty lined pit and latrines in particular.

It is along PVC stainless steel hand pump that is used to collect feacial matter from the latrine. It is one of the methods that contributes positively in feacal sludge management (FSM).It’s manually used thus not automatically driven one has to fix it directly into the pit latrine and starts pumping as the sludge or feacal matter runs through the pump to the barrel for disposal. It’s very efficient because it has the potential to scoop the sludge to the satisfaction of the client.

The gulper doesn’t interfere with the environment. This is so because it does not have any pollution effect. Since it is hand driven, cases of accident in latrines are is safe and above all one enjoys doing his work. I acknowledge it and thus is also important for people to start welcoming it’s use. If people revise the effects of chemicals used in latrines, they should “think twice”. Life is precious, we should stop using chemicals. “We thank Water For People for gulper donation to Alliance Water Solutions”.


Photo Gallery (Gulper 3 model donated to Alliance Water Solutions from Water For People)







Pit-latrine construction in Uganda remains a stressful challenge to households. In most cases it is not considered as a priority. In other instance, where governments intervene to enforce with a strong stand on pit-latrine construction, cultural beliefs have taken an upper hand forcing the structures to been abandoned for open bush defecation and urination hence increased diseases

Let’s draw our focus on what a traditional pit-latrine is in our communities, describing it from top to bottom. The roof is thatched with elephant grass, reeds or shanty tin roofs. Normally when the thatch is washed away either by rain or wind it’s never replaced. It will turn into an “open roof”. There are implications here; it becomes both seasonal and optional to use during the rainy season. The floor becomes muddy as a result of the direct downpour. Dignity, privacy and selfesteem are denied to both male and female

The structure is commonly made of mud and wattle. In most cases the wall is not more than three feet. This implies that the tall user has to “bend over”. Its highly rare to find any form of ventilation like a window. Over time due to wear and tear, particles of mud fall off leaving gaps in the structure. The same denials as above are triggered off.. The door of late is a polythene bag and the biggest challenge of this “door “is its highly susceptible to wind and the associated effects when in use.

The floor is unimproved, no slab. Pieces of timber are laid out to form the foundation upon which mud is covered. The pit-hole is normally denied a cover. This floor structure has often collapsed over time either due to wear and tear, rotting or eaten away by termites. This forces the user to seek solace elsewhere, which is Open defecation.

Finally, the pit is often very shallow, filling up is rapid, it’s a disgusting and horrible to use. Maggots and coachroches have a “free visa “out of the pit. Disinfection is rarely done. Since these pits are not lined, emptying is next to impossible. Once full its condemned and abandoned. This is a traditional pit-latrine. What’s your view?

Henry Lyadda                                                                                                                       

Program Administrator   

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Mwaidhuma Abdul is a resident of Wanyange Lake landing site found in Jinja district, he resorted to open defecation as a result a water logged area

He said thatI got fade up of constructing new latrines because each time it rains heavily, the feaces from the latrine come out and flood the whole compound and community. During our discussion, I managed to check on his latrine that almost collapsed due to the flooded area and this gave him and his family difficult time to and fro the latrine whenever nature calls

He narrated to us the challenges associated with water logged latrines

  • They are not easy to construct because of the high water table
  • They are too expensive to construct
  • The latrines frequently get filled up with water and at times spills in the compound and neighbored
  • Not conducive to use on rainy days
  • They smell badly
  • Emptying becomes a problem and expensive

As a result of the above, the family resorted to open defecation and going to neighborhood. In preparation for this year’s 2018 world toilet day celebration in Buwenge Town council, Let us work together to fight open defecation and urination in our communities.

Using appropriate technologies in such places will be prudent.  Alliance Water Solutions is available to offer support

I wish you a good World Toilet Day celebrations,“When nature calls, we listen and act”



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