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Development of Sanitation in Karelian villages, 2008-2011

Background, activities and goals

The project for the development of sanitation in Karelian villages (HEL6312-23/14.2.2008) was launched in April 2008 with support from the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, as neighbouring area cooperation by NGOs. The concern of the alarming state of the Baltic Sea and the poor quality of drinking water in Karelia were the basis of the project.

During the project, water and waste water management were developed as well as toilets and toilet waste management in the villages and tourist resorts of Lake Ladoga and Onega drainage areas.

The project comprised three stages. In the first stage, a survey of the current practices was made. The second stage entailed renewal plans, and in the third stage wells, wastewater treatment systems and toilets were improved.

The goal was clean drinking water, functioning dry toilets and waste water treatment either on a communal level or in individual properties.

Results from 2008

The ground studies of the first stage were conducted in the villages of Paj and Derevjannoe and the Kizhi museum area. All together 90 properties were inspected. Two thirds were permanent or summer residencies and the rest were public properties.

Drinking water was collected from shared wells; on Kizhi, lake water was also used for drinking. About 10 percent of the toilets were water closets. The dry toilets either didn’t have containers and/or the emptying was difficult or impossible. In private homes, toilet waste was composted. Wastewaters were discharged in the nature without treatment or mixed into the compost. Only in Kizhi was there a small treatment plant for grey waters.

A dry toilet maintenance and toilet waste management guide was edited and translated into Russian.


The following Finnish dry toilet manufacturers supported the project:
Biolan LLC,
Lassila&Tikanoja LLC,
Pikkuvihreä LLC,
Raita Environment LLC and
Suomen Clivus LLC.

There were also individual donors supporting the project. By joining the Karelian DT-friends or by donating directly, you can support the upcoming projects.


Our Russian collaborators are the Russian Toilet Organization and the Northern Water Problems Institute. The Finnish collaborators are the Baltic Institute of Finland and TAMK University of Applied Sciences, as well as experts from the Tampere Regional Environment Centre and The City of Vaasa together with the Global Dry Toilet Association of Finland.

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Russian Toilet Organization Northern Water Problems Institute
Itameri TAMK
Itämeri-instituutti Tampereen ammattikorkeakoulu