In our homes, it is common to install toilets connected to a well-designed septic system
or a sewer. However, for campgrounds, recreational areas or remote nonresidential
areas, installing a traditional toilet can be impossible because of the lack of waste
In places like parks and other remote areas, they use either vault toilets and pit toilets.
In this blog, we will be comparing these two along with their advantages and
Also known as pit latrine, is a type of toilet that collects human excreta in a hole in the
ground. There is usually a toilet seat or squatting pan around the hole. It is usually
constructed with three major parts: the hole, concrete slab (floor with a small hole) and
Advantages of Pit Toilets:
Its construction is very inexpensive
It requires minimal upkeep.
It doesn’t need to be emptied if the pit is large and deep enough.
The wastes break down on its own
Disadvantages of Pit Toilets:
When improperly ventilated, it can have a very foul smell
When used very frequently, it can get full. In the event that the pit gets full
everything has to be moved into another location.
This type of toilet is a non-flush toilet with a vault or a sealed container buried in the
ground which collects the human excreta. The wastes are to be contained underground
until it is pumped out.
Advantages of Vault Toilets:
The plastic type vault toilets are portable making it easy to be transferred from
one place to another. It is ideal to use this in special events and festivals.
Depending on its construction, it offers privacy and comfort.
Disadvantages of Vault Toilets:
It needs to be emptied, cleaned and sanitized regularly.
A faulty ventilation system may also result to foul-smelling odors.