Nov 022014
 

How many toilets per person do you have in your kingdom?

Posted: 6:00 am Friday, October 24th, 2014

Top toilet cities, one Florida metro ranks as commode kingpin 

By Kim Miller

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Multiple bathrooms are always a boon when trying to sell a home, so the Seattle-based real estate firm Redfin took a look at what cities have the most toilets per capita.

West Palm Beach is the only Florida metro to make the top ten list, ranking seventh with 1.25 million toilets, or 93 toilets per 100 people.

“Using census and housing data, we calculated which cities had the most residential toilets per person and we had a clear winner: Boulder, Colo.,” a press release from the Seattle-based Redfin says. “Boulder is the only city with more residential toilets than actual people. For every 100 Boulderites, there are an estimated 102 residential toilets.”

Redfin delved into the bathroom habits of 37 cities and claims to have learned some interesting details tying the age of residential housing to the “plethora of potties.”

(See full report here)

Miami, for example, ranked last on Redfin’s list with just 62 toilets per 100 people. Redfin agent Bohdan Mastykaz said Miami’s aging condominiums are to blame for its poor showing.

“A lot of our condo stock was built in the 1960s and 1970s _ and with fewer bathrooms than you’d have today,” he said. “The idea was to build for empty-nesters looking to downsize.”

But that toilet trend is changing. According to Mastykaz, new Miami condos are focused on luxury. And that means more bathrooms.

West Palm Beach Realtor Shannon Brink said it can be a struggle to sell single-toilet homes.

“Even first time homebuyers expect two full or even two full and a half bathroom so it is somewhat of a cultural expectation at this point and newer construction over the last 15-20 years tends to have 2 plus baths,” he said. “Many luxury homes have a full bath for each bedroom plus a guest full or half bath so South Floridians apparently love going to the bathroom with as much ease as possible.”

Other Florida cities that had their toilets ranked by Redfin include:

Tampa, 86 toilets per 100 people

Orlando, 83 toilets per 100 people

Fort Lauderdale, 71 toilets per 100 people

Oct 022014
 

The First Kickstarter I’ve Given Money to Is a Glow-in-the-Dark Toilet
–Ashley Feinberg

It is called IllumiBowl.
Also, Why don’t we paint our toilets black?

From the comments:
“Yeah, but does that one change colors?”
“I am just taking a leak — I don’t need a rave in the bowl.”

The First Kickstarter I’ve Given Money to Is a Glow-in-the-Dark Toilet

I am a Kickstarter skepticA big one. And as such, I have never felt compelled to risk putting down money for something that might never actually come to fruition—until now. I just gave $45 to a glow-in-the-dark toilet, and I don’t regret it at all. Probably. » Today 9:43am

The First Kickstarter I’ve Given Money to Is a Glow-in-the-Dark Toilet

The First Kickstarter I've Given Money to
                          Is a Glow-in-the-Dark Toilet

I am a Kickstarter skepticA big one. And as such, I have never felt compelled to risk putting down money for something that might never actually come to fruition—until now. I just gave $45 to a glow-in-the-dark toilet, and I don’t regret it at all. Probably.

IllumiBowl is a product that, for all intents and purposes, sort of already exists. You wake up in the middle of the night to nature calling, fumble your way to the bathroom, and a motion-sensor flips on the light to lead you home. Not a wholly novel concept. But! The IllumiBowl’s light changes color every few seconds. Disco toilet.

We get a lot of pitches here at Gizmodo, so what was it about the IllumiBowl that finally melted my black, icy heart? It’s fun, it’s useful, and the most important factor in any decent Kickstarter: it’s humanly possible. Not only does the technology already exist, but it doesn’t attempt to break the laws of physics! That is a rare and beautiful thing in Kickstarter land.

Sep 022014
 

Wait, there are “toilet sceptics?”
And more of them are men, than not, eh?

“Yes, I would like to Know more.  ”
Read on, brethren and sisteren…
But be forewarned:  Herein are tales of the allure of the fun of open air.

Contains:
“race and religion and caste statistics + INFOGRAPHIC”
“Toilet-using mom and son statuary”
“toilets alone will not eliminate open defecation”
“Compromising on hygiene”
“not everyone who has access to toilet, especially men, believe that it’s important to use it.”
“One has to be really shameless to defacate in the open in front of passerbys.”
“I live in railway colony where most of male member not use toilet because they want the fun of open air”
“toilet pits will fill up quickly, … cleaning this waste distasteful. ”
“I built the toilet for my youngest daughter-in-law not to feel shame. But I go to the fields – it’s much healthier going there”

Published: September 22, 2014 02:53 IST | Updated: September 22, 2014 12:48 IST

More men among toilet-sceptics in India

Not having a toilet remains the
            major problem in sanitation. File Photo

Rukmini S

The HinduNot having a toilet remains the major problem in sanitation. File Photo

The figure for households without toilets is 47 per cent for Hindu households as against 31 per cent for Muslims and 16 per cent for Christians and Sikhs, according to NSS data.

Extensive new evidence shows that building toilets alone will not eliminate open defecation in India as not everyone who has access to toilet, especially men, believe that it’s important to use it.

Not having a toilet remains the major problem in sanitation: 60 per cent of rural households and just under 10 per cent of urban households in India do not have access to a toilet, according to new official data from the 68th round of the National Sample Survey (NSS) data. But even among households with access to toilets, some open defecation exists. According to NSS data, two per cent of rural households with access to toilets do not use them. However, researchers Diane Coffey, Aashish Gupta et al of the Research Institute for Compassionate Economics (RICE) found that 7 per cent of households with access to a toilet were not using them. When they looked at households where at least one family member was not using the toilet, the number swelled to 18 per cent.

This number is being driven up by men, who, in all three surveys, reported lower toilet use than women.

“I built the toilet for my youngest daughter-in-law not to feel shame. But I go to the fields – it’s much healthier going there,” Ramavatar, a marginal farmer in Uttar Pradesh’s Fatehpur district, told The Hindu earlier this summer. Such “personal preference” is overwhelmingly the most common reason for not using toilets despite access seen in both NSS and RICE data.

Use of toilets lags among Hindu households

Both access to toilets, and the actual use of the toilet, lags among Hindu households. The figure for households without toilets is 47 per cent for Hindu households as against 31 per cent for Muslims and 16 per cent for Christians and Sikhs, NSS data shows. Among Hindus, Scheduled Tribes, Scheduled Castes and then OBCs have lower access to toilets. A similar pattern exists for the actual use of toilets among religious groups.

Arghyam, a Bangalore-based water and sanitation group, reported similar data in a study of 45 Gram panchayats in Davangere, Karnataka: while half the households had toilets, over a third of those households reported that at least one family member did not use the toilet.

The government is aware of this issue. “We are convinced there are two elements to eliminate open defecation — building toilets, and creating the awareness about of using them,” Sandhya Singh, Joint Director of Nirmal Bharat Abhiyaan, the flagship sanitation scheme for rural areas, told The Hindu.

Class divide

But despite the existence of a national campaign to build subsidised toilets for rural Indians since as far back as 1986, a toilet remains something that money buys. Access to toilet rises systematically by class, the NSSO data shows. The 68th round of the National Sample Survey (NSS) data focused on access to toilets and the use of toilets among a nationally representative sample of over 1 lakh households between 2011 and 2012 data for which was recently made public.

Nearly 80 per cent of all the households with toilets that were surveyed, had constructed their toilets purely with private funds, Dean Spears, health economist with the Delhi School of Economics and Research Institute for Compassionate Economics (RICE), said. Diane Coffey, Aashish Gupta et al of RICE surveyed 3,200 households over five States.

As a result, Mr. Spears and his colleagues have been arguing for cheaper, more basic toilets of the sort widely used in Bangladesh to be promoted in rural India. Arghyam’s research has shown that people widely believe that toilet pits will fill up quickly, and find the thought of cleaning this waste distasteful. “Explaining to people how toilet pits work and offering them solutions for emptying pits should alleviate this,” Radhika Viswanathan, project officer at Arghyam, explained in an email. “Cleaning materials that are easy-to-use and make the job simple will help,” she added.

Srini

  • Why even this needs to be divided into religion and caste? Crazy. I feel it is the govt which is dividing people for electoral gains than the people themselves in this current age. For god’s sake we are all Indians. Instead of providing the amenities to all classes of citizens govt and it’s agencies are dividing the people.

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    anil ·  · s-Imam ·  · esther-sunita · Mukesh-Pandey · krishna · krishna  Up Voted
    • RajIt ‘s good, as it shows significant differences in various categories and throws up focus areas.

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  • s marthandam Manager (Retd.) SBISir, It is very shame that even after 65 years of independence, poor common Indians (men &women – of all major religions – castes – SCs/STs. find it convenient & healthier to follow open defecation. What a pity. Government machinery with close coordination with voluntary organisations should redouble their efforts in educating the masses and at the same time construct new toilets for public use where ever needed so that gullible public make use of them for their betterment as well as for the hygienic environment giving no room for eruption of endemics of any sort. Intensive and periodic campaigns against this ill-conceived old practice of open defecation, should be conducted in every nook and corner of village panchayats. This matter should be given top priority by the Government. Prevention is better than cure is it not. Let better counsel prevail with powers that be.

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  • anilThanks to Hindu for survey and this statistics . But our gov couldn’t reveal the percentage of Hindus , Muslims and others in last population census yet .

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  • V TNow add to that the PWD officer asking for Rs 25,000/- (per household) to connect your MMDA approved house to the city sewage and you should get a clearer picture.

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    undefined ·  · esther-sunita · sourabh  Up Voted
  • Hindu ReaderI am skeptic about the numbers. I would like the author to define the term “access to toilets”. A lot of households might have community toilets in the vicinity but they may choose not to use them for various reasons – distance, lack of facilities, cost per visit etc.

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  • Bose AIt vseems even the toilets has taken the colour of cast and community.One is astonished to note does it make any difference in the way how it is used based on community ?

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  • parameshwould have more accurate if caste wise data is published

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  • pramod pawarI live in railway colony where most of male member not use toilet because they want the fun of open air they said “khuli hawa ka maza lena h” and at my village only 10% home have toilet but use only 2-3%, Gram panchayat made public toilet but villager not use it because of no water, even in summer drinking water is a big problem for them.

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    sourabh  Up Voted
  • mackie noohuthambimuslims have to improve still in toilet facilities. Their masjids, shops and dwelling places need toilets compulsorily as per islamic shariyath law. Without washing face, legs even cleaning after urinating are much more important for a muslim. without these, a muslim is not allowed to pray Allaah five times a day. It is a good sign that our Prime Minister announced need of the improvements of toilet, on the ramparts of the Red Fort during the Independence Day Speech, his maiden speech.

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  • HassanThe article shows that Christrians and Muslims are both economically and culturally better off than the Hindus. One has to be really shameless to defacate in the open in front of passerbys.

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    undefined · esther-sunita · Massoud · Shaleen Mathur  Up Voted
    mimi-sur · s-Imam · GD  Down Voted
  • Sathya NarayananWhat is the point ?

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    sourabh  Down Voted
  • Rameswar PattanayakFurther to the above the access to a clean toilet on pay is not available on the sides of National Highways in India. To expect people not to piss in open is too much. Much to my discomfort, I use disposable bottles to ease my self while driving inside metros/cities as finding a toilet and parking your car is like trying to cough and laugh at the same time!. Building NHs would include creating small shopping complexes including an eatary, Grocery, knicknaks, repair shop and a pay toilet spaced at 10 KM on each side.

Aug 022014
 

It’s over, headline writers.
The perfect headline?
See Below

Also contains:  commenters arguing about the toilet fizzie recipes

Refresh Your Commode With DIY Toilet Fizzies

by 9/13/13 655 Reactions 136.5K Shares Print

Freshen things fast with toilet fizzies that clean and eliminate smells. And (ahem) this solution is much better than lighting a match. Personalize with your favorite scents and your bathroom will be the best-smelling spot in your home. Stash in a cute container on your commode and simply drop in a small fizzy when needed.Read on for the directions.

What You’ll Need:

  • 1 cup baking soda
  • 1/4 cup citric acid
  • 1/2 teaspoon vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon hydrogen peroxide
  • 15 to 20 drops essential oil
  • Sheet pan
  • Parchment paper
  • Measuring spoons
  • Spray bottle (optional)

Directions:

  1. Add the baking soda to a mixing bowl and use a fork to break up any clumps. Baking soda naturally cleans and eliminates icky odors, making it the perfect base for the fizzies. Add the citric acid, or powdered produce preservative, which you can find near the canning supplies at your local grocery store, and give things a stir. The citric acid adds the oomph to these cleaners.

  1. In a small glass, mix together the vinegar and hydrogen peroxide, which work together to help clean your commode. Now drop by drop, add the vinegar and hydrogen peroxide to the baking soda. If you add the liquid all at once, you’ll have a huge mess due to the reaction between the baking soda and citric acid!

  1. Now add the essential oil and gently mix. Any fragrance works wonderfully, but something fresh like wintergreen, lemongrass, or lavender leaves a wonderful lingering scent.
  2. Use a one-half teaspoon to scoop and mold the mixture into small half rounds and then tap onto a parchment-covered sheet pan. You can spritz the rounds with equal parts vinegar and water to create a crust, which helps hold them together. Let dry for at least four hours or overnight.

  1. Place the dried fizzies in a sealable glass jar and keep next to your commode, making sure to stick on a label so they aren’t mistaken for breath mints! The next time things get smelly, after flushing, drop in a tablet and you’ll love how things freshen up in no time.

Makes around 30 small fizzies.

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Jul 022014
 

I beg your pardon.  It sounded like you said, “sliding into a
giant toilet wearing a hat that looks like poop,” and I am really
just here for the “New Toilet Science.”

  • ‘YOU TOO CAN BECOME FECES’ — JAPAN SCIENCE MUSEUM OPENS TOILET EXHIBIT
WORLD

‘You too can become feces’ — Japan science museum opens toilet exhibit

  • 11:01 am, July 7th, 2014

QMI AGENCY

Wearing poop hats and sliding into a giant toilet, visitors to a new exhibit at a Tokyo museum get to see behind the scenes of this household fixture.

The exhibit at the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation opened July 2 and runs until Oct. 5.

“People of all ages have different problems with excretion and there are approximately 2.5 billion people worldwide without access to toilets,” a press release about the exhibit says. “This exhibition takes a frank, entertaining look at what the perfect toilet would be for people around the world.”

A sign leading to the exhibit announces, “You too can become feces.”

As part of the exhibit, visitors don brown hats that look like poop, slide down a five-metre tall toilet and watch a wall of singing toilets.

Toilet and feces characters are separated into eight different areas to discuss sewage treatment, matters related to toilets, and the smell and shape of human waste.

 

Slide Into a Giant Toilet in Tokyo’s New Toilet Science Exhibit

You too, can become feces!
by  (   )  Monday, July 7th 2014 at 7:53 am
I
f you find yourself not too busy between now and October 5, you might want to stop by the toilet exhibit at Tokyo’s science museum. I say you might want to, because sliding into a giant toilet wearing a hat that looks like poop probably isn’t for everyone, no matter how many books remind us that everyone poops. Definitely don’t skip the singing toilet choir, though.

The exhibit is intended to make people more comfortable thinking about toilets and the science behind them as less of a dirty, gross subject so that everyone can learn more about them. I mean, did you know that there’s in-flight entertainment for your poop on giant TV screens down in the pipe system? You learn something new every day.

(via Neatorama)

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May 022014
 

Yup, they are gonna give this to people unknowingly.

You know, under the Bush administration, they didn’t actually
send pill-sized drones without your knowledge into your colon.

multivitamin-sized pill, which vibrates as it moves through the digestive tract
–well, yeah that ought to uh, treat constipation I would guess
Promise for Chronic Constipation Treatment
–how about I just pinky swear?  ‘Promise’ is just such a strong word.
The capsule was activated and started vibrating six hours after administration in a special mode
–hmmm, tell me more about the special mode, yeah?
The Vibrant pill works differently. It contains a small vibrating engine which is programmed to start vibrating 6-8 hours after
it’s swallowed. The vibrations encourage movement in the patient’s small intestine which in turn triggers the digestive tract
to get it on.
–I could have predicted that
The researchers plan to conduct a controlled, double-blind study – in which neither the
researchers nor the patients know who is receiving the treatment
–I know!  Let’s give it to people unknowingly!

See realtime coverage

Gizmodo  – ‎May 7, 2014‎
We’ve all been there before: You know you’ve gotta go, but you just can’t seem to make it over the edge. Soon, instead of turning to laxatives for relief, a tiny, swallowable engine may be all you need to whip your colon back into shape.
Daily Mail  – ‎May 6, 2014‎
Experts say the multivitamin-sized pill, which vibrates as it moves through the digestive tract, has shown notable promise as a treatment for constipation – without the need for pills. In the pilot study, the vibrating capsule was found to nearly 
Medgadget.com  – ‎May 6, 2014‎
vibrant capsule Vibrants Vibrating Pill Shakes It Up as Promise for Chronic Constipation Treatment Chronic constipation affects millions of people in the United States, which often results in visits to physician to get a prescription filed.
NBCNews.com  – ‎May 3, 2014‎
“The capsule was activated and started vibrating six hours after administration in a special mode developed by Vibrant Ltd,” the researchers wrote in a summary of their findings.
Engadget  – ‎May 7, 2014‎
Rather than plying our bunged-up bodies with drugs, the outfit is ready to show off its pill, the size of a vitamin, that begins vibrating six-to-eight hours after being swallowed. Sitting on the wall of the large intestine, the vibration induces 
Broadway World  – ‎May 8, 2014‎
On last night’s The Colbert Report on Comedy Central, doctors develop a pill that vibrates constipation away, and Stephen offers tips on cell phone storage.
MedPage Today  – ‎May 5, 2014‎
Patients who swallowed a vibrating capsule reported relief of constipation in a pilot study presented at Digestive Disease Week in Chicago.
Daily Digest  – ‎May 5, 2014‎
Relief from chronic constipation, a condition that affects millions of Americans, may come in the form of a vibrating capsule rather than one that simply delivers medications.
WOAI.com  – ‎May 8, 2014‎
The Vibrant pill works differently. It contains a small vibrating engine which is programmed to start vibrating 6-8 hours after it’s swallowed. The vibrations encourage movement in the patient’s small intestine which in turn triggers the digestive 
Apr 022014
 

Of course I was had at “The toilet man was obsessed with numbers.”

The Toilet Man

The toilet man was obsessed with numbers. Like the number of days he had left to live. Ten-thousand five-hundred was about how many days he said he had left, if he lived to be eighty. Thirteen years ago, the Toilet Man said, he turned forty and asked himself, how long is one lifetime? Then he checked the national statistic: eighty. So, forty more years; fourteen thousand, six-hundred days more days, give or take. “And then you die,” said the Toilet Man. He lingered over the last world, stretched it. “Dyyyyyyyeee,” it sounded like.

Back then, before he was the Toilet Man, he was Jack Sim, a rich Singaporean, running 16 businesses, having a midlife crises, searching for meaning and finding none. “What’s the purpose of having more money?” he thought. “I mean it’s crazy! When you have no money, you need to sell your time for money, and when you have money, you sell your time for money. It’s a losing business.” And it was confusing. “Time is the only currency of life” is what he concluded, and so endeavored to do something different with his.

READ MORE

Feb 142014
 

Youngsters, stop glorifying the 80’s Music.  80’s music sucks.
It’s mostly sucky.

Besides Prince, Michael, Hall And Oates, The Eurythmics, Cyndi Lauper,
and Eddie Money, it almost ALL sucked.

Wait, Eddy Grant was good.  And that one by Phil Collins.  And Talking
Heads.  And RAP!

Ziggy Marley.
Rob Base and DJ-EZ Rock
QUEEN!
And Men At Work and De La Soul.
And New Edition!  And Dirty Laundry and Tainted Love.  And Weird Al.
And that U2 Song (One).
And Stevie.  And that one song from The Cars.  Oh, and Guns ‘n’ Roses.
And the theme from the Fresh Prince.
And Paula Abdul and MC Scat Cat.  And Paula Abdul without any cats or
scattin’.
And Whodini.  And The Gap Band, LL, Zapp and Roger…
And Whitney.  And Paul Simon’s Graceland.  And Jane’s F*cking Addiction,
Yeah!
And Whitney really should be mentioned twice she was so good.
And Elvira by the Oak Ridge Boys.  And Expose.
And Squeeze.  And the Fast Times Soundtrack.  And Eddie Rabbitt.
And Roxy Music, Grace Jones, AND… Lisa Lisa.  And Full Force. With
Cult Jam.
Go-Go’s.  Violent Femmes.  Aldo Nova.
Tom Flippin Petty!  And Yaz. And Neneh Cherry.

Whoa.  Hey, it really wasn’t so bad.
A lot of it did suck, though.

Feb 112014
 

I keep ladies safe, prevent chlamydia and blindness, keep people
healthy, save energy, and increase school attendance.

Congrats, batKid in SF, but I am the porcelain god!

5 Ways Toilets Change the World

By Tanya Lewis, Staff Writer   |   November 19, 2013 02:29pm ET
11billion
toilet
Toilets serve a host of vital functions, from keeping humans healthy to removing barriers to education.
Credit: Stock.Xchng.

The loo, the W.C., the lavatory, the privy, the porcelain god — while it goes by many names, the toilet — one of life’s most mundane objects — plays a fundamental role in society.

Yet more than a third of the world’s population lacks access to even a basic pit latrine, and the problem may get worse. A recent statistical analysis predicts theworld population will hit 11 billionby 2100. From preventing illness to fostering education, here are five ways toilets change the world:

1. Keeping people healthy

Improper disposal of human waste can cause devastating illness. When people don’t have toilets, they defecate in the open, often near living areas or the rivers that supply water for drinking or bathing. For example, about 290,000 gallons (1.1 million liters) of raw sewage goes into the Ganges River in India every minute, according to the World Health Organization. [Through the Years: A Gallery of the World’s Toilets]

Contaminated water causes diarrheal diseases such as cholera, which afflict many people on a chronic basis. In 2012, heavy rains in Sierra Leone and Guinea caused latrines to flood, bringing on a deadly cholera outbreak that killed more than 392 people and sickened more than 25,000 others, according to news reports.

Diseases caused by fecal contamination also lead to malnourishment, low birth weight, cognitive problems and stunted growth. Poor sanitation contributes to two of the three leading causes for preventable death among children under five years old.

2. Preventing blindness

Trachoma, the leading cause of preventable blindness, is carried by a fly that breeds exclusively on human excrement. The disease is caused by Chlamydia trachomatis, a bacterium that also causes the sexually transmitted disease Chlamydia. Flies and contact with eye discharge from an infected individual can both spread the disease.

Trachoma affects about 21.4 million people, according to the World Health Organization. Of these, about 2.2 million are visually impaired and 1.2 million are blind.

3. Keeping women safe

In places without toilets, women must travel farther away to relieve themselves, which places them at risk of sexual violence. To avoid that danger, many women use so-called “flying toilets” — basically plastic bags that they keep in their houses. Flying toilets are a breeding ground for nasty microbes, such as the bacterium responsible for the blindness-causing disease trachoma.

4. Promoting school attendance

Talking about toilet matters is taboo in many places, particularly among women. Young girls may stop attending school if the building lacks private toilet facilities, which ultimately limits these girls’ access to education.

But the solution isn’t always straightforward. For instance, some aid workers have suggested installing public toilet blocks. However, when toilet blocks were installed in Bhopal, India, as part of a study in November 2008, men were twice as likely as women to use them.

5. Saving energy

Wastewater from toilets contains about 10 times the amount of energy, in biochemical form, as that needed to treat it. Scientists and engineers are developing ways of processing wastewater to save energy andreclaim drinking water.

For instance, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation started the Reinvent the Toilet Challenge to develop sanitary, waterless toilets that don’t require a sewer connection or electricity, and would cost less than five cents per user per day.

Clearly, a toilet is far more than a place to store waste.

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