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The role of composting toilets in bushfire and drought management

With the tragic and widespread influence of bushfires across Australia this season, we’re seeing more and more people consider how they can reduce their impact on the environment. Many of our customers seek greater independence from grid and government-based suppliers by actively reducing their use and dependence on precious commodities like drinking water or town waste systems. 

When major bushfire events happen like the ones we’ve seen sweep across the Australian landscape, it’s not guaranteed our government and private water and power providers will be able to continue supply without interruption.

How composting toilets help the fight against climate change, drought and bushfires

If you’ve been thinking about ways you can reduce your footprint on our environment and are wondering about ways that don’t drastically change your way of life (like going completely off-grid for example) installing a composting toilet in your home is an easy way to save a huge amount of water in your home every year. 

Installing a composting toilet will save most average families over 30,000 litres of perfectly good drinking water every year. That’s 10 three thousand litre water tanks of water you’re saving every single year. 

Composting toilets are perfect for semi-rural or rural areas where water is scarce

Many people in semi-rural or rural areas are more than aware of just how precious and precarious our hold on things like water supply and power resources can be. Those in city centres and in the outer suburbs sometimes take for granted that fresh, clean water will flow when a tap is turned or the light will come on when a switch is flicked. This isn’t always the case in semi-rural and rural areas of Australia. 

Combine this with many homes having access to only tank or bore water, and it makes sense that many people in these areas are looking at installing composting toilets in their homes.  Not only does this help reduce their dependence on town water supplies, but it also means that if there is a problem with water supply they can still adequately take care of their waste. 

Composting toilets save water - this is essential if you’re fighting bushfires

If you’ve ever had to protect a property against bushfires, you’re more than aware that every little bit of water you can get your hands on could be the difference between having a home and complete destruction. 

Installing a composting toilet in your home frees up tens of thousands of litres of water every year, which if push came to shove, could be used to fight off destructive bushfires. 

The other hidden and often not talked about the benefit of installing a composting toilet is that it makes you think about your reliance on town water. In times of crisis, town water isn’t always available so it could be you’re relying on your water provider’s ability to provide not only water but water pressure to save your home. 

If bushfires destroy important infrastructures like pumps or water towers, town water essentially stops flowing and you will find yourself fighting a bushfire at the end of a dry hose. Having those extra precious litres of water in your water tanks, instead of them being flushed down the toilet, could be the difference between saving your home or watching it burn. 

If you’re interested in finding out more about composting toilets and how they can help you save water, talk to us today on 1300 138 182.

In the spirit of reconciliation, Ecoflo Wastewater Management acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of this Country. We pay our respects to their Elders past and present and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples today. 




Ecoflo was the first company in Australia to sell composting toilets certified to the rigorous quality testing of Australian Standards. If you want to be certain your composting toilet has adequate capacity and is safe, you need a waterless composting toilet certified to the tough performance criteria of AS/NZS 1546.2:2008.

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