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WASHplus Weekly on Communal Sanitation

November 19th is World Toilet Day and this issue of the WASHplus Weekly contains links to World Toilet Day websites and recent studies and articles on communal sanitation issues. Communal or public sanitation is an important WASH issue, especially in high-density slums with a high proportion of tenants and/or frequent flooding and water-logging. The financing and sustainable management of communal/ public toilets is challenging. Please contact WASHplus if you have information to add to this or other topics for future issues of the Weekly. 

Viet Nam: world’s first Unilever-sponsored Toilet Academy opens in 2012

Unilever is partnering with the World Toilet Organization (WTO) to set up Domestos Toilet Academies around the world, starting with a pilot Academy in Viet Nam opening in 2012.

The Domestos Toilet Academy will run month-long training courses for local people interested in setting up their own businesses to source, sell and maintain toilets, and educate local communities on the importance of sanitation.

In Viet Nam, only half the population has ‘some sort’ of sanitation facility, and 82% do not have access to facilities that meet the hygiene standards of the country’s Ministry of Health. “Only 12% of schools actually have hygienic toilet access, with rural areas suffering the most”, said WTO founder Jack Sim.

Unilever will also be partnering with UNICEF to help promote health through improved hygiene and access to toilets, stated Keith Weed, Chief Marketing and Communications Officer, Unilever.

Domestos is the Unilever brand name for its bleach products (also sold as Domex, Glorix, Klinex).

Source: Unilever, 14 Nov 2011

World Toilet Day 2011 Official Song

19 November is World Toilet Day

Sponsors this year are fashion label NewUrbanMale.com, iPhone game company Coconut Island Studio, World Toilet Organization, FlushThisBook.com, Unilever Singapore and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Give2Asia Partners with World Toilet Organization

Give2Asia Partners with World Toilet Organization to Improve Sanitation in AsiaGive2Asia, a US-based public charity promoting transformative philanthropy for Asia, today announces a new fiscal sponsor partnership with World Toilet Organization (WTO), a Singapore-based nonprofit that promotes health and sanitation for people across the globe.

Give2Asia, a US-based public charity promoting transformative philanthropy for Asia, today announces a new fiscal sponsor partnership with World Toilet Organization (WTO), a Singapore-based nonprofit that promotes health and sanitation for all people across the globe.

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Code Council and World Toilet Organization developing guidelines for public toilet design

For the past two years, the International Code Council (ICC) and the World Toilet Organization (WTO) have been working with committee members representing sanitation-related organizations around the globe to develop “Global Guidelines for Practical Toilet Design.” This document will standardize the design and installation of public toilets for virtually any country to easily adopt and follow. The guidelines will be presented at the forthcoming International Code Council World Toilet Summit.

Although public restrooms exist through much of the world, standardized design would be much more cost effective to install and maintain than having literally thousands of variations on a relatively basic design. This improved efficiency, not only reduces costs, but may enable installations in areas where previously they might not have been affordable.

This guideline will facilitate clean, convenient, hygienic and safe public toilet facilities of appropriate design and quality. It also will offer guidance on basic care and maintenance of these facilities. Specific provisions developed to date apply to the practical design, location, erection, installation, alteration, repairs, replacement, use and maintenance of public toilets.

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Founding members of this committee and other professionals who contributed substantially to the initial draft of the Guidelines include: Kathryn Anthony, University of Illinois; Bill Chapman and Scott Chapman, Australian Toilet Organization; Dr. Steve Cummings, Standards Australia; Jan-Olof Drangert, Linkopings University; Peter Gorges, Exeloo; Clara Greed, University of the West of England, Bristol; Carol McCreary, PHLUSH; Trevor Mulaudzi, The Clean Shop; John-Henry Nicholas, Institute of Plumbing South Africa;Charles Owusu, Best Fund; Jay Peters and Sylvana Ricciarini, International Code Council; Jack Sim, World Toilet Organization; and Frank Wu, Wu & Associates Architects and Engineers.

Read the full press release (PRWeb / Earth Times, 21 Oct 2010)

International Code Council World Toilet Summit, Philadelphia, PA, USA, 30 October – 3 November 2010

The 10th World Toilet Summit (WTS) will focus on the innovative designs, trends, and sustainable, market-based sanitation solutions and the huge profits businesses can realize while at the same time helping to eradicate the global sanitation crisis.

Held for the first time outside Asia, the WTS  is making its American debut in conjunction with the American Society of Plumbing Engineers (ASPE) Convention and Engineered Plumbing Exposition.

Organised by: World Toilet Organization and International Code Council

Conference tracks:

  • Innovations in Global Toilet Design & Applications
  • Bottom of the Pyramid and Micro Financing Market
  • Green Plumbing Applications
  • Advocacy & Potty Parity
  • Code Standards and Policies
  • Cleaning and Personal Care Services & Supplies Market

For more information go the WTS web site.

US actress helps raise awareness for World Toilet Organization

Fresh from a successful run on the US TV show Dancing with the Stars, comedic actress and host Niecy Nash is partnering with Clorox Toilet Products to kick-start a donation drive for the World Toilet Organization by distributing free subway tickets to Flushing, NY commuters, helping bring attention to those with access to “flushing”.

On June 23, 3010, for every commuter ticket Nash and the street team hands out, Clorox will contribute a like for like subway fare donation to the WTO, estimating it will provide more than 10,000 free rides totaling a donation of $22,500.

Jack Sim, WTO

Americans outside of the NYC-area can get involved by visiting OdetoTheCommode.com on Facebook to flush the Clorox virtual toilet, which will raise another $1 per flush for the WTO.

All the money will go to helping the nearly 40 percent of the world without access to sanitation, and make toilets affordable in parts of the world where toilets can cost nearly seven months salary.

From 7-10am, the Clorox street team will be handing out free subway passes at Flushing Station. Then at 10.30am, Niecy Nash and WTO Founder Jack Sim will hand out tickets in Grand Central Station’s Vanderbilt Hall.

There will also a Live Video Chat with Niecy Nash from 12:30 p.m. – 12:45 p.m. Eastern Time on June 24, 2010 at http://www.odetothecommode.com/

The World Toilet Organization (WTO) is a global non- profit organization committed to improving toilet and sanitation conditions worldwide. Founded in 2001, it now has 235 member organizations in 58 countries.

Source: Looking to the Stars, 21 Jun 2010