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2020-11-13

World Toilet Day

Having access to sanitation is one of our human rights, yet a third of the world's population today lives without sanitary solutions.

Having the opportunity to be able to fulfill ones needs in peace and quiet in a clean environment with access to water is almost taken for granted for many people, but is associated with luxury for others.

The sanitation crisis

On 19 November every year, the global sanitation crisis is brought to the attention by the UN. Then attention is drawn to what the lack of toilets and sanitary solutions means for both people and the environment. All human waste must go somewhere so that bacteria and parasites do not spread to the human environment and water sources. In fact, the spread of bacteria and parasites in drinking water causes the death of 800 children every day. Hospitals with the lack of sanitary solutions also contribute to an increased risk of bacterial spread and infections.

Toilets, clean water and good hygiene form a strong protection against ongoing and future outbreaks of disease.


Environment

Sustainable sanitation systems use human waste to safely boost agriculture as well as reduce emissions in order to generate greener energy. Floods, droughts and rising sea levels threaten sanitation systems. Everyone must have access to sustainable sanitation solutions that can withstand climate change and keep communities healthy and functioning.

World toilet day is needed to draw attention to these issues as they are often ignored by politicians and authorities. #WorldToiletDay

Read more about World Toilet Day here!

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Toilet facts

> It is estimated that a person spends 92 days in the toilet during a lifetime

> A human poops about 6 tons of poop during a lifetime, as much as what 5 rhinos weigh

> An ordinary water toilet uses about 35 liters of water per person and day