Eco toilets commissioned to reduce soil and water pollution near Lake Khuvsgul
Some 50 new toilets have been placed at ports Khatgal village, Khankh Access Point, Khuvsgul soum center, Cultural Center, hospital, ger camps and other places near Khuvsgul Lake to prevent pollution in the lake.
In addition to these toilets, 16 eco-toilets were placed across the Khuvsgul Lake National Park through the Integrated Livelihoods Improvement and Sustainable Tourism in Khuvsgul Lake National Park Project, being implemented by the Asian Development Bank and the Ministry of Environment, Green Development and Tourism of Mongolia.
Reportedly, Khuvsgul Lake, the largest fresh water lake in Mongolia by volume and second largest by area, has been facing risks of water pollution in recent years due to growing number of tourists and the lack of toilets. The project decided to set up dry toilets that operate without flush water around the area as the team believed that this type of waterless toilet best suits the environment. Most of all, these dry toilets are said to be comfortable to use and do not cause soil pollution.
Senior specialist of the Ministry of Environment, Green Development and Tourism G.Enkhmunkh, Second Secretary of the Japanese Embassy in Mongolia Hozumi Reiko, Deputy Mayor of Khuvsgul Province Ts.Battogtokh, project manager T.Erdenejargal, and other representatives attended the launch ceremony held on October 10.