WeCo’s innovative and ecological public flush toilets have just won the European Innowwide competition for a project in Senegal.
The INNOWWIDE call for projects aims to bring highly innovative European SMEs to the forefront of international markets by enabling them to carry out Sustainability Assessment Projects (SAPs) in the countries concerned, in cooperation with local stakeholders. In this way, it creates the necessary conditions to increase the adoption of innovative European solutions in markets outside Europe
By awarding WeCo, the INNOWWIDE European jury is highlighting the innovative WeCo toilet technology, which saves thousands of liters of water compared to standard toilets thanks to a closed circuit that recycles flushing water. Indeed, WeCo’s autonomous electrolysis wastewater treatment system treats and recycles wastewater on site, combining ecology, economy, hygiene and comfort.
Inadequate sanitation in Africa, including Senegal, is a major problem that is increasing with population growth and trends such as water scarcity and urbanization. As actors in the process of developing and modernizing sanitation, WeCo and its local partner Delvic are dedicated to the modernization of sanitation by providing sanitation solutions adapted to the needs of the African market.
The evaluators of the INNOWWIDE competition selected WeCo’s project in Senegal “because of its originality and the advantages of the technology and product, as well as its strong potential to solve the serious sanitation problems that plague developing countries. This newly implemented technology will have real social and environmental benefits. The new product, consisting in an advanced flush toilet with on-site wastewater treatment and reuse of the treated water, is a novelty globally. The added value, compared to other similar products, is its capacity to treat and recycle the wastewater, without the need for fresh water or a sewer system. In addition to that, its implementation has a considerable social effect, in terms of alleviating the sanitation problem in Senegal, Africa and worldwide. »
The execution of the project will take place from the autumn of this year until spring 2021 between Dakar and the Ile de France where the two teams are working in collaboration. Eventually, this project will pave the way for pilot tests, allowing the installation of WeCo public toilets near schools, markets and workplaces in Senegal and then in other African countries.