Stevie Chilcote via Crowdrise
August 12, 2015
Raising funds to raise our roof!
Top 2 donors get to get the first users!
Detroit has always had a special relationship with its water. Literally meaning “strait,” Detroit is praised for having some of the cleanest drinking water in the world, pulled from the Detroit river just upstream of downtown. Unfortunately, Detroit has also gained international recognition for its contributions to the contamination that resulted in Toledoans downstream losing their freshwater drinking source for four days in 2014. Detroit is also on the international stage for its controversial practice of shutting off water to residents who are unable to pay their water bills.
Never fear, though, for the Wastewater Warriors have been identifying solutions to address these issues for the Detroit community! A group of 7 Detroit High School students and recent graduates, the Wastewater Warriors have been working for the past 6 weeks to gain a holistic understanding of Detroit’s water issues and to construct Detroit’s first, City-approved composting toilet at the Michigan Urban Farming Initiative (MUFI)! The composting toilet is completely water-free, simultaneously reducing contamination introduced to the Detroit river through sewage overflows and providing a model that could reduce the average homeowner’s water bill by 27% or more.
Here’s where you step in. Through partnerships with local Home Depots, non-profits and individuals, the Wastewater Warriors have raised enough money to construct the majority of a two-stall composting toilet for the MUFI community, except for the roof! This fundraiser will allow us to put a roof and other finishing touches on our structure and provide both a valuable resource for this community and valuable research on composting toilets for the future!
Please scroll through our pictures to see all of the hard work the students have completed so far and consider donating to help us complete this project!