Are we all really doing our part to save the planet? Not according to Mr. Jack Sims, founder of the World Toilet Organisation at a recent World Toilet Summit in Australia as he said “the concept of flushing is not sustainable.”
Mr Sims also said “a culture where people flushed their loos but disregarded the thousands of liters of wasted drinking water each year was one of sanitation’s greatest challenges. This ‘flush and forget’ attitude creates a new problem which we have to revisit.”
Last Friday was World Toilet Day. I have never heard of this day. I wondered if everyone took the day off from or for their toilets?
Experts call for the end of flushing on World Toilet Day.
As the world celebrates World Toilet Day, sanitation experts have called for the end of the flushing dunny to save water and provide fertilizer for crops.
Leading health advocates have called for the use of “dry” toilets which separate urine from feces and remove the need to flush. There have already been calls by Australian experts to reduce the amount of water wasted through toilet flushing with a proposed new toilet tax. Householders would be charged for the amount of water they flushed down the drain under a radical new blueprint to cut consumption. The scheme would replace the current regime which sees sewerage charges based solely on a home’s value and not its waste water output. Source: News.com.au
- The average person spends three years of their life on the “john”.
- The average person flushes a toilet about 2500 times a year, while using about eight sheets of toilet paper per day.
- An estimated 2.6 billion people worldwide do not have access to proper toilet facilities, particularly in rural areas of China and India.
- Lack of suitable toilets and sanitation kills approximately 1.8 million people a year, many of them children.
- According to Jack Sims, a further 500 million toilets are needed to bridge the gap in sanitation.
- The first flushing toilet was invented in 1596 by Sir John Harrington, a British noble and godson to Queen Elizabeth I. He only invented one, as he was ridiculed by his peers, but he still used it for himself.
- Most toilets flush in the key of E flat.
- On average, a person will use 22 litres of drinkable water every day flushing a toilet.
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Your comments would be appreciated on using less water by flushing less.