Frequently Asked Questions About Composting Toilets

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Do they smell?

The number one question asked of composting toilets and the answer is simply no.

There is absolutely no odour in a toilet room containing a waterless composting toilet. This is something that some people find hard to believe and much of this comes from people’s bad experiences with ‘pit’ toilets often used in remote places and often mistaken for composting toilets. The design and operation of waterless composting toilets results in less odour than a normal flushing toilet. See our “how they work” page to find out more about this.

If you’re not convinced – the proof is in the pudding (so to speak). Contact us to visit our showroom and see a working composting toilet (no smell), or if you can tell us your location we may be able to direct you to a public composting toilet nearby so you can see for yourself.

Can I install one myself?

Yes. All toilets come with a detailed installation manual and anyone with basic handyman (or handywoman) experience can install a waterless composting toilet in about one day. Alternatively we offer a full installation service – contact us for a free quote.

How do composting toilet systems work?

Basically by creating the right conditions within the toilets composting chamber to keep your waste as an active, healthy compost pile rather than a smelly pile of poo!

Composting toilets offer a hygienic way to recycle human waste in a manner that avoids polluting and wasting precious water.

All composting toilets are designed to ensure the correct levels of moisture, temperature, oxygen, carbon and nitrogen required to achieve good composting are present in the chambers. Moisture is managed through drainage and evaporation systems which remove excess liquid from the solids. Oxygen is regulated using low-wattage ventilation systems which aerate the compost and also serve to evacuate any odours from the toilet room. The ideal temperature is achieved depending on site specifics and the system used. The carbon/nitrogen balance is managed by regularly adding carbon-dense mulch to the pile. At the end of the composting process microbes have broken down the waste into humus, a soil-like substance with an earthy odour.

How do I manage my greywater?

A composting toilet only handles your solid waste, also known as black water. The greywater produced by your shower, bath, basins, laundry and kitchen sink needs to be managed separately.

More information specifically on how to manage your greywater can be found under the greywater page.

Why use the Water Wally?

Being Western Australia’s leading supplier of composting toilets gives us up-to-date news and information on a range of options and a competitive advantage over other composting toilet suppliers. We have hands on, practical knowledge of the installation, maintenance and general performance of these toilet options from small, self-contained units to large scale commercial setups.

Where and how can I buy a composting toilet?

Here. All products can be bought directly though us and delivered to you at the lowest possible price. Smaller systems are available to purchase online from this website. Larger models are available by contacting us to make sure you have chosen the model that is right for you.