33. Reducing Water Pollution with a Poop Solution

Now it’s Your Turn

In the comments, please ask questions or make suggestions that will help the cartographer improve the map. Key things to think about include:

  • Does the map orient the viewer?
  • Does the data tell a story?
  • Does the map support the story being told?
  • Does the map make assumptions?
  • How could the map be more readable?
  • Are there any errors or typos?
  • sarah dorrance

    The title is good, I think it will draw viewers. The maps message is clear and the colors are organic.
    I went to soil’s website and found it comprehensive. I have already sent this on to some folks interested in poop.
    I like that the images are labeled. My one suggestion is and I am sure you have probably tried the images without boxes or with gray boxes. In case you have not I would consider removing the boxes, especially from the image of the town.

  • Kate Brauman

    I’d love to see this more tightly connected to water pollution. Could you overlay a flood inundation map to illustrate even more clearly that the SOIL toilets are keeping human waste out of the water? It would also be neat to overlay a map of drinking water wells to demonstrate how before the SOIL toilets people were pooping in their own water?

  • Jessica Norriss

    The map does orient the reader and I love the story being told! However, it kind of feels like a marketing campaign for SOIL (which is not necessarily a bad thing since it’s awesome work!) but to build off what others are saying, I do think if you had a way to more closely link it with the pollution that was occurring (not sure what data exists) that could be a powerful addition.

  • I want data on reduced pollution! show it spatially.

  • Alka Ramnath

    The photos are useful as they show the magnitude of the population density clearly and therefore the relevance of the “EkoLakay” toilets. The building footprint dataset unfortunately does not show clearly how dense the area is. Are there any Census datasets available for the study area as a “number of people with access to sanitation facilities” density overlay may show the reader the relevance of this sanitation system in the area?
    A DEM with a hillshade may help the reader understand the risk of the area to flooding?
    Is it possible show the location of the compost site facility? It is mentioned in the text and it is an important part of the story. I am wondering how far the waste has to be transported as that contributes to the sustainability of this sanitation type.