Enters the adorably named Vacutug. It is a gasoline-powered four-foot-tall vacuum-pump conveyance that sucks human effluent out of holes in the ground at a lickity-split 1,700 liters a minute. Then, traveling at 5 kph on recycled wheels, it transports its odious load to treatment facilities.
Nonprofits and environmentalist groups hope that more Vacutugs can come to the aid of the world's billion poor people who lack plumbing -- and who typically empty their pit latrines by hand, often into the nearest river, ocean, or lake.
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