The Liverpool Echo has a fun video story today about Liverpool’s most famous toilets – the gents in the Philharmonic Dining Rooms, a pub that was formerly a gentlemen’s club. The building, dating from 1898, is a Grade 2 listed building, but the gents are considered so significant that they have a higher Grade 1 listing. The ladies’ toilets are later additions and are not as grand, and so women apparently frequently request to visit the men’s toilets.
The Daily Dot has a report on a waterless toilet that the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation have invested in. It is a sanitary, indoor toilet that can be used in areas without running water. Fecal matter is dried and combusted into ash that is safe to dispose of and liquid waste is processed into usable water. Lack of access to toilets is real health issue and it is claimed that this toilet could save thousands of lives.
Finally, to the Himalayas, where the Indian state of Uttarakhand is slowly making the journey to ending open defecation, according to a story on YKA. The risks of open defecation have been listed many times already on this site, and they include the spread of diseases like typhoid and cholera, vulnerability to sexual assault, and in this case to leopard attacks. In four months alone, 16 people were killed by leopards, and going out into the quiet wooded areas favoured for open defecation leaves one particularly vulnerable to these attacks. Even though many argue that there is a clear cut case for building toilets in the villages of Uttarakhand, not everyone agrees. The YKA story continues, “This July, eight villages in Uttarkashi district saw people destroying toilets built by Swajal, a government organisation, as part of the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan. Villagers believe their gram devta (village deity) was angry with them for blocking his entry into the village by constructing the toilets, and this anger was manifested in the form of some villagers falling ill.” The toilet revolution in India has a long road to go.
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