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    #1

    closing all the loops

    Would you please explain the following in red more easily?

    Lastly, in addition to feces and urine, this technotoilet processes all organic wastes, including table scraps, garden cuttings, and farm refuse, thus closing all the loops while providing a family with all the water they might require.

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    Re: closing all the loops

    'Loop' here is 'loophole', something that allows things that shouldn't happen to happen. This technotoilet has shut out the possibility of such things happening.

    For example, most toilet devices work well so long as only faeces and urine are deposited in them. As soon as other matter is deposited, things go wrong (the 'loophole' if the manufacturers claim that their system can deal with all organic wastes - many toilets can't cope with potato peelings). Presumably the technotoilet can cope with potato peelings, pineapple tops and grass cuttings.

    Mind you, the last sentence seems to suggest that this system also provides drinking water. hmmm ... no thanks.

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    Re: closing all the loops

    I believe the loop referred to here is not a loophole, but like a "cycle of life" thing. Nothing is discarded as trash. Everything is recycled in some manner. All of the loops are closed.

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    Re: closing all the loops

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    Mind you, the last sentence seems to suggest that this system also provides drinking water. hmmm ... no thanks.
    Drinking water that not so long ago had poop in it is nothing strange. I make my tea and soup with such water. I wouldn't drink it directly from the river of course. But I know my tap water is clean, so I'm not afraid to drink it. And astronauts drink their own pee: Drink up: Space station recycling urine to water - USATODAY.com

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    Re: closing all the loops

    Yes, but we still like to have several degrees of separation.

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    Re: closing all the loops

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    Yes, but we still like to have several degrees of separation.
    I hope the engineers who created the system have thought of that.

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    Re: closing all the loops

    Quote Originally Posted by birdeen's call View Post
    Drinking water that not so long ago had poop in it is nothing strange. I make my tea and soup with such water.
    In my youth we drank water from the stream in which cattle were watered. We watched them taking in at one end and giving out from the other, while we continued to fill our buckets from the stream. I thought when I started to write that that I would feel shocked, but I don't. I can imagine myself doing the same today - though these days I would probably allow a minute or two between waste-deposit and water-collection.

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