World Toilet Day

By Penny Caldwell »Penny Caldwell

The most basic outhouse would be a welcome sight for many who live without proper facilities

November 17th, 2011

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Guest post by Blair Eveleigh, senior associate editor

I’ve mentioned my love of outhouses before, so I guess I should be doing something special this Saturday, Nov. 19. What? You don’t know? Why, it’s World Toilet Day! Seriously, the event was developed by the World Toilet Organization to draw attention to the 2.6 billion people in the world who live without adequate sanitation. Next week, the WTO is holding its annual World Toilet Summit, in Hainan, China, with non-profit, governmental, academic, and industrial organizations meeting to discuss new, low-cost, eco-friendly toilet designs, and the need for more public bathroom facilities, among other topics.

To honour the day, Saniflo Canada, which makes macerating toilet systems and grey-water pumping systems, is holding a contest on its Facebook page. Upload a picture of a room where you want to install a toilet, get the most likes, and you could win a Saniflo system and up to $1,000 for installation. The contest closes Nov. 21.

Meanwhile, what to do on Saturday? Oh, yeah, I’ve got a bathroom reno to work on. How appropriate is that?


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