World Toilet Day 2018

Toilets and nature

Did you know that 1/3 of schools worldwide have no toilet facilities at all?  Did you know that 80% of all the world's wastewater flows back untreated unto the environment?

Toilets and sanitation systems must work in harmony with our environment. When nature calls, we have to listen and act.

Nature-based solutions (NBS) to the sanitation and water crisis harness the power of ecosystems:

  • Composting latrines that capture and treat human waste on site, producing a free supply of fertiliser to help grow crops.
  • Human-made wetlands and reed-beds filter waste water before it is released back into water courses.

Recent studies have shown that untreated sewage is one of the major threats to public health and biodiversity and is the result of rapidly expanding urban populations, poorly planned development, and inadequate or poorly designed and malfunctioning sewage treatment facilities. As a result:

  • 85% of wastewater entering the Caribbean Sea remains untreated
  • 51.5 % of households lack sewer connections
  • Only 17% of households are connected to acceptable collection and treatment systems.

World Toilet Day will be recognized on Monday, November 19, 2018.

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