Before Class Starts, part 2


Toilet Redux

Joey Hays’ Compost Toilet

Joey's Gardez L'Eau

Pittsburgh’s sewage system is more than 100 years old, and it cannot handle the amount of waste the city generates.  Since the sewage system is combined with the city’s rainwater system, when it rains, the system overflows and raw sewage ends up in the rivers.  Carnegie Mellon art student Joey Hays has been studying the city’s waste problems — and for his Masters thesis this month, he’s built a special toilet– the Gardez L’Eau — that could be a first step towards a better way of dealing with our waste.

Read more at Joey’s site for the Gardez L’Eau, or see it in action at CMU’s Miller Gallery through April 18.

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