Happy “World Toilet Day”! Yes, Really

111815_world.toilet.dayConveying the value of water is pretty tough, when you’re competing against the Kardashians and the NFL for people’s attention.

Here in Green Bay, we try to find creative outlets for our water messages, using various platforms.  In November, we use a toilet.


Image credit: The Green Bay Press Gazette ran an article on NEW Water’s “World Toilet Day” display at the downtown library.  (L) Flushing the toilet reveals a scuba-diving cow. (R) A librarian displays some of the books showcased for the event.

November 19 is World Toilet Day.  Yes, really.  Why care?

Well, across the U.S., we’re facing aging water and sewer infrastructure, increasing rates, changing regulatory environments, and a public who has had to pay very little of their monthly take-home pay on water.  So getting people to understand why they have to pay more to flush – and to appreciate that they can flush – is becoming increasingly more important.

Hence, World Toilet Day is a cause for celebration.  And a time to reflect.  Mahatma Gandhi famously said in 1925: “Sanitation is more important than independence.”  In Wisconsin, outhouses and chamber pots were used before our modern sewers.  Waste infected our drinking water supplies, and cholera plagued the state until the mid-1800s.  Today, some 2.5 million people around the world do not have access to proper sanitation.  The United Nations created World Toilet Day to call attention to this, and a number of worthy nonprofit organizations are tackling this issue – www.Water.org is one of them.  Please consider supporting one of these charities, and do take a moment to celebrate your toilet, today.

Note: November 19 is also the birthday of NEW Water Executive Director and NACWA Board of Directors member, Tom Sigmund!

#DYK: Celebrate the Toilet!
Source: WaterAid United Kingdom

  • “Psycho” was the first film to show a toilet flushing
  • You will spend 3 years of your life on a toilet
  • The first cubicle in a public restroom is always the cleanest, and least used
  • The world’s…
    • Scariest toilet is located at the top of a 15-story elevator with a see-through floor: In Mexico
    • Largest public toilet has 1,000 facilities: In China
    • Costliest toilet is $29 million, made from solid gold: In Hong Kong



t_garrisonTricia Garrison is the Communications & Education Coordinator for NEW Water, the brand of the Green Bay Metropolitan Sewerage District.  She serves on the NACWA Public Relations Committee, as well as on the Water Environment Federation Public Communications and Outreach Committee.  At NEW Water, it’s “safety first.”  In this photo, Tricia dons safety eyewear that conforms to ANSI Standards.

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