School kids built Toilet Urinal from Plastic Water Cans, win National Design Competition

Four years ago, a group of talented boys from the Union Middle School in Tiruchirappalli, Tamil Nadu came up with an innovative urinal which was made completely using plastic water cans.

This superb innovation was the talk of the town. The innovative urinal also promoted a hygienic and sanitary way of urinating in the school premises and also won a national design competition.


Ahead of the implementation of this urinal system, the boys’ washroom in the school had just a wall for urinating. This was unhygienic as it was left open which further resulted in disgusting urine smell surrounding the toilet.

To make things much worse, it resulted in splashes of urine bouncing off the wall and falling on uniform or feet. Due to this, kids got various urinary infections.

To get rid of this unpleasant smell, as many as 13-year old boys namely Supikpandian, Santhosh, Dhiyanithi, Ragul, and Prabaharan had thought of an innovative idea where they used 20-litre water cans and turn them into urinals. They have called it a ‘Safe Mode Pissing System’.

They took the much-needed help of their mentor Kesavan D, who helped them in cutting the cans longitudinally to permit it to prevent urine splashing back. In addition to that, the outlet was given a connection using pipes and turned into a basic sewage system to get rid of the waste.

As far as flushing the urine is concerned, they used basic irrigation pipes which were connected to a central tap that permitted for freshwater to flush out the urine.

This particular innovation helped them earn Rs 50,000 cash prize in a national design competition ‘Design for Change’ as the ‘Boldest Idea’ award amongst 3,600 Stories of Change submissions.

This brilliant innovation that earned plaudits from every nook and corner of the country. This innovation helped promote a sanitary way of urination in the nation and also set a good example of reusing plastic.

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