Not all forward operating bases (FOB) are the same. Smaller FOBs have limited services and resources with soldiers making do with the most basic equipment and facilities. There may be limited electricity, no hot showers, no running water, and no toilets that flush.
Daily life without plumbing for the army typically means using outhouses with sewage containment tanks. However, the problem with outhouses, porta-potties, or bathroom trailers is that they need regular servicing to prevent the spread of bacteria and disease.
Fortunately, there’s an alternative to outhouses that is not only more sanitary, less work to maintain, highly portable, but also more cost-effective.
Benefits of Field Lavatory Systems over Porta-Potties
The Brief Relief Field Lavatory System is a portable sanitation system for soldiers living at an FOB or on the move. The whole system only weighs 18 lbs, making it easy to transport. It also takes no more than 2 minutes to deploy completely, and it can be set up virtually anywhere. Unlike the porta-potty or other types of outhouses, it requires no prep or servicing.
The field lavatory system includes a privacy tent, a commode with a full-sized toilet seat, and a supply of waste bags. Waste Bags use specialized gelling technology to create unique waste alleviating solution. Brief Relief portable waste bags are odor-free, puncture-proof, spill-proof, and landfill-safe. For added hygiene, the waste bags come with plenty of toilet paper and antimicrobial wipes.
Brief Relief waste bags change the composition of the waste, converting it into a deodorized gel. The waste bags contain a special formulation with a polymer component designed to contain and encapsulate the waste immediately. The enzyme component in the powder formulation accelerates the complete biological breakdown of urine and stool to its most basic parts. This process ensures the waste bag and its contents are safe for disposal in any regular trash receptacle.
The shelf life of an unused Brief Relief waste bag is virtually unlimited. It’s been tested by the U.S. military which rated the shelf life of the product at ten years plus. It is 95% active even after five years of storage. The portable waste bags are also ideal for each member of the army to store in their gear so they will always have a bathroom solution within reach.
The privacy tent is water repellent, non-conductive, and flame resistant; it meets CPAI-84 standards. To prove how durable the tent is, the Everest 98 Environmental Expedition tested them in extreme conditions for four weeks at 18,500 feet. The Brief Relief privacy tents endured below-freezing temperatures and intense heat exposure and radiation from the sun; the tents even survived a yak stampede.
The Field Lavatory System’s commode bucket will not crack or melt. It is manufactured from heavy-duty polyethylene; it boasts a thick wall to resist becoming brittle in extreme cold or soft in extreme heat. It uses the same material and build as buckets designed to store and transport hazardous chemicals safely. It even comes with a seat manufactured from industrial-grade polyurethane that also resists damage or degradation. For added comfort, the commode is the height of a regular toilet.