Site Equip supports World Toilet Day every year and 2021’s theme is Valuing Toilets. World Toilet Day is about spreading awareness of the need for sanitation.
Who cares about toilets? 3.6 billion people do. Because they don’t have one.
Today, nearly half the world’s population lives without a ‘safely managed sanitation service’: a toilet, not shared with other households, that either treats or disposes of human waste on-site, stores it safely to be emptied and treated off-site or connects to a functioning sewer.
We should all care more about toilets. If you have one, thank it. Life without a toilet is dirty, dangerous, and undignified.
Globally, at least 2 billion people use a drinking water source contaminated with feces.
Every day, over 700 children under five years old die from diarrhea linked to unsafe water, sanitation and poor hygiene.
Public health depends on toilets.
When some people in a community do not have safe toilets, everyone’s health is threatened.
Poor sanitation contaminates drinking-water sources, rivers, beaches, and food crops, spreading deadly diseases among the wider population.
Toilets also drive improvements in gender equality, education, economics, and the environment.
Toilets protect women and girls’ dignity, safety, and health, especially during menstruation and pregnancy.
For every $1 invested in basic sanitation up to $5 is returned in saved medical costs and increased productivity, and jobs are created along the entire service chain.
There will be no sustainable future without toilets. Governments must work four times faster and ensure toilets for all by 2030.
Sustainable Development Goal 6 is to ‘ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all’ by 2030.
We urgently need massive investment and innovation to quadruple progress all along the ‘sanitation chain’, from toilets to the transport, collection and treatment of human waste. The public and private sectors must work with unserved communities to create sustainable sanitation systems that work for them.