Friday, November 19th marks World Toilet Day, an annual event to celebrate the importance of sanitation and raise awareness for the 2.5 billion people (over one third of the world's population) who don't have access to toilets and proper sanitation. Outside the developed world, a lack of toilets is a leading cause of illness, which affects education and productivity. UNICEF estimates that proper sanitation would reduce deaths from diarrhea by 32 percent.
For most people in the US, a toilet’s effectiveness – how well it flushes, is their primary concern. If you’ve purchased a new a toilet in the past 18 years, you have reduced your water footprint with a toilet that saves water. Until 1992, most toilets used 3.5 gallons of water or more per flush. That year, federal legislation lowered the maximum amount of water per flush to 1.6 gallons per flush. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency also gives a "high-efficiency" rating to conservative toilets that use 1.28 gallons or less. Recently, the dual flush toilet, common in Europe, has made an appearance on the US market. Users push one button for a small flush which uses around a gallon of water while pressing a larger button provides a full flush.
Most toilets use potable (drinking) water, so conservation saves on treatment before and after the flush. But what happens after the flush? Not many people know about the path and process taken by the wastewater they create. If you live in the eastern half of Atlantic County and are connected to a public sewer system, water from your toilet or drain travels through pipes to the ACUA’s Wastewater Treatment Plant in Atlantic City.
The ACUA encourages you to celebrate World Toilet Day by learning more about the process by taking a virtual tour of the wastewater plant or calling to set up a tour: 609-272-6950.
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