Friday, November 21, 2008

World Toilet Day And The Prediction Of The End Of Flushing Toilets

With all of the talk of the world going down the toilet lately, I guess I missed World Toilet Day the day before yesterday (brought to us by the World Toilet Organization). But be that as it may, I found this article which heralds the demise of flush toilets and the possibility of taxing bodily functions. But things are not all doom and gloom; one can look forward to "gaming toilets" as well.
AS the world celebrates World Toilet Day today, 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 faeces and remove the need to flush.

Speaking at the recent World Toilet Summit in Macau, World Toilet Organisation founder Jack Sims said the concept of the flushing toilet was unsustainable.

Mr Sims said a culture where people flushed their loos but disregarded the thousands of litres 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," he said.
So the great "toilet thinkers" are pondering the return to the outhouse or perhaps a more tech savvy creation of it, which somehow separates liquids and solids. Hey, if they can recycle pee in space why not here at home? Some would argue that certain bottled beverages taste like that anyway....

but I digress - and from a more important issue - what about the prospect of taxing your bodily functions.
New toilet tax proposed

There have already been calls by Australian experts to reduce the amount of water wasted through toilet flushing with a proposed new toilet tax.

Adelaide University's Water Management Professor Mike Young said the tax would encourage people to take shorter showers, recycle washing machine water or connect rainwater tanks to internal plumbing.

"Some people may go as far as not flushing their toilet as often, as the less sewage you produce the less the rate you pay," Professor Young said.
This is conservation madness at its best. These folks would like you to go relieve yourself in your backyard or pay them a premium for continue doing your business as usual and using modern plumbing. I already pay a MDC sewer tax or at least pay taxes to keep sewer lines maintained, and I am sure that any notion of charging people a tax each time they press the flusher will be met with unheard of protests. Remember, they threw tea into the harbor - I would hate to see what would come of this tax proposition.

A note to these water conservationists:
Just do me a favor and leave my toilet and my toilet habits alone. Is nothing sacred anymore?

For those of us who are into statistics - here are some Toilet facts:

* 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.

1 comment:

Elisheva Hannah Levin said...

Hi, Jdy!

Three years, huh? I guess I better keep that magazine rack well stocked.

About composting toilets: they are very high-tech these days, and there is no smell. Check out the Envirolet website. They are a vast improvement on outhouses, and they reduce the water/sewer bills in houses that use them. They also reduce waste of good resources (no pun ntended). But beware of county regulations! Some governmental agencies have not caught up with the technology!
When we were in Susanville last year, we stayed in a place that used these toilets. We were impressed!