b. This type of latrine is satisfactory for small units, provided the necessary
mechanical equipment for boring the hole is available.
6-14. PAIL OR BUCKET LATRINE
A pail latrine may be built when conditions (populated areas, rocky soil, marshes)
are such that a dug latrine cannot be used.
a. Construction. A standard type latrine box (para 6-11) may be converted for
use as a pail latrine by placing hinged doors on the rear of the box, adding a floor, and
placing a pail under each seat.
(1) If the box is located in a building, it should be placed to form a part of an
outer wall so that the rear of the box opens directly to the outside of the building (figure
6-10). The seats and rear doors should be self-closing and the entire box fly-proof.
(2) The floor of the box should be made of an impervious material (concrete,
if possible) and should slope enough toward the rear to facilitate rapid drainage of
(3) A urinal may also be installed in the latrine enclosure with a drainpipe
leading to a pail outside. This pail also should be enclosed in a fly-proof box.
Figure 6-10. Pail latrine-- A in building; B in the open.