Skip to comments.Study: Toilets Need Radical Redesign
Posted on 07/30/2007 7:55:43 AM PDT by Millee
The Western World's dependence on flush toilets could be its environmental downfall.
Toilets that use less water, such as the "squat toilet" in which one squats over a hole in the ground, are prevalent in parts of Asia, Europe and Africa, but a new historical study suggests that after decades of flushing, it will take radical innovations for the mainstream West to adopt any new system.
"Most people can hardly imagine that other ways of handling human waste have ever existed," said study author Maj-Britt Quitzau, an environmental sociologist with the National Environmental Research Institute of Denmark. "But actually, systems did exist prior to the flushing toilet where human waste was collected within the cities and re-used in farming areas."
Since the 1900s, scientists have known that flushing away human waste comes with environmental consequences , such as using precious, potable water. Each year, a typical person will use almost 4,000 gallons of drinking water to flush away 75 pounds of feces and 130 gallons of urine, according to a 2001 study by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency.
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It’s kinda pointless to have those damned things when you have to flush them 5 times to work.
If you only used 1 square of TP, the low flow would be enough.
they charge for use and removal of the water.
talk to your city about getting a second meter on your home solely for irrigation.
There's got to be a better way.
By the way, I know all of this because I just got involved with running a water company and just recently took and passed the Certified Water Distribution Operator examination.
Then economically, I am better off staying in my house and paying the rates as they continue to increase. However, if better solutions present themselves, I will keep my eye on them.
Ah, I’m not worried one bit about my grass. As long as it is dormant, then I don’t have to mow it....Not only am I a miser, but I am lazy too!
“talk to your city about getting a second meter on your home solely for irrigation.”
No way! I like it when the grass is dormant. It means less manual labor and more time to relax. ;-)
Laziness is the true mother of invention!
i grew up on a farm without indoor plumbing until i was 10 years.
they can take their out house and shove it.
I’ve read that the capacity of composting toilets is limited. I wonder how many you would need for year-round use by a family of six?
“squat toilet” in which one squats over a hole in the ground, are prevalent in parts of Asia, Europe and Africa,...Yeah! and that’s why diseases you never heard of are everywhere....The liberals want everyone to live in small apartments on top of each other downtown...The aroma would be third world for sure!
So if I don't flush my toilet, some thirsty Indian or African will get clean drinking water...how?
This reminds me of my Mom - when I was little, she always said, "There are people in India who are starving" every time I wouldn't finish my dinner. I couldn't figure out how my eating all my dinner would save a starving Indian.
That is exactly what I was thinking.
And clean the damn turlet at the same time!
I wonder how many f those friggin’ idiots have had to use an outhouse to take a crap in weather either below zero or over 90 degrees? How many of them have had to turn the crank or better yet clean out a composting toilet? How many of them have even dug a cat hole and used a leaf to wipe while hiking out in a wilderness area?
I love my flush toilet, and they will not take it away from me!!!!
They can take my flush toilet when they pry it from my cold, dead buttcheeks.
The low-flow toilets allow a big flush if you continue to hold the handle down during the flush; you increase the flush of water when you do that.
My grandpa refused to allow a flush toilet in his house until I was 12. And then only because my grandmother had gotten very sick and could no longer easily make the trip to the outhouse anymore. Us grandkids thought the outhouse was a real adventure as kids. As teeners, it was a PITA.
The Western World's dependence on flush toilets could be its environmental downfall.And forget about toilet paper.
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