In early 2013, American Standard unveiled the SaTo (pronounced SAH-toh, derived from Safe Toilet) sanitary toilet pan, invented to work without sewer infrastructure and originally designed for use in Bangladesh. The SaTo pan uses simple mechanical and water seals to close off pit latrines from the open air, thereby reducing the transmission of disease and odor.
"Our partnership with Water For People will have a positive impact on the lives of an estimated three million people over the next few years. In fact, the first shipments of SaTo pans to be distributed by the Water For People team are arriving in Malawi and Uganda (Africa) shortly,” said Jay Gould, president and CEO of American Standard Brands. "It is so gratifying to see how lives can be improved, and saved, by successful partnerships like this connecting businesses."
Over the next five years, American Standard will donate 600,000 SaTo sanitary toilet pans to be distributed by Water For People to help save lives and prevent the spread of disease from open pit latrines.