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Eco-San toilet installed in a primary school in the Chinese province of Jiangsu.

By Rick Gould on

The high-tech world of toilets

Well over half the world’s population does not have access to safe sanitation. For many people, this means the indignity and risks that come of having no toilets. The answer, it seems, lies in new sustainable treatment plants. ISO and the Gates Foundation have joined forces to show how clean toilets and standards can change people’s lives forever.

Top standards

ISO 7704:2023
Water quality
Requirements for the performance testing of membrane filters used for direct enumeration of microorganisms by culture methods
ISO 46001:2019
Water efficiency management systems
Requirements with guidance for use