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New documentary breaks taboos to explore America’s wastewater infrastructure: FLUSH streams free thru Tues

November 13, 2017
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Documentary filmmaker Karina Mangu-Ward is going to make a splash with FLUSH, which premieres worldwide on November 15th, 2017. The documentary will be available online free for one week only! Why not invite friends and host a screening between November 15th and 21st? It is the perfect way to celebrate World Toilet Day! Mangu-Ward’s images are captivating, the editing...

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A Call for More Comprehensive Disaster Sanitation Preparedness

October 13, 2017
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A Call for More Comprehensive Disaster Sanitation Preparedness

All citizens who pee and poop, that’s everyone, need to know how to safely take care of toileting when the luxury of a ‘flush and forget’ mentality is no longer an option. Natural disasters, such as recent Hurricanes Irma, Harvey and Maria, alter our world in unpredictable ways. One thing that we can anticipate...

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Facing Facts: A Critique of Legacy Wastewater Treatment Systems

May 28, 2015
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Facing Facts: A Critique of Legacy Wastewater Treatment Systems

Hearings in the Vermont House of Representatives earlier this month give a penetrating and carefully documented look into the issues we are researching at PHLUSH. House Bill 375, sponsored by Representative Teo Zagar seeks to expand and incentivize the use of ecological toilets and greywater systems. Now that much of the extensive testimony organized...

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Enacting Awareness: Water, Waste, and Public Space

May 26, 2015
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Enacting Awareness: Water, Waste, and Public Space

With last Friday’s whimsical 5K walk, activists at the University of California at Santa Cruz focused attention on often-evaded issues. “Slugs to Sludge” was created as a playful way to raise awareness of sewage infrastructure and the water it requires, and to advocate for action on ecological sanitation at UCSC and beyond. With the...

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Sewers are broken. Where will you go?

May 19, 2012
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Sewers are broken. Where will you go?

PHLUSH partner organization MDML (once known as Cloacina.org Project) created an informative and life-saving guide that shows you scientifically-proven methods for human-waste composting in an emergency. Don’t miss the opportunity to download it for free or purchase it for 10 bucks on their website. This illustrated guide presents a series of graduated responses you can do to...

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Swiss Economist Backs Us Up: Portlanders Pay too Much for Sanitation

June 5, 2011
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Writes Molly Danielsson, who, along with Mathew Lippincott, has received a stipend at Cewas in Switzerland.  Part of a group of entrepreneurs launching sanitation businesses, they are meeting and interviewing experts in the field.  Watch this space for reports of their discoveries. Mat and I had a chance to hear Isabel Guenther speak on...

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Falmouth MA to vote on 2.2m for Sewage Alternatives Research

April 21, 2011
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Mathew Lippincott writes: In what may be a watershed moment for alternatives to centralized, piped sewage, The Selectmen of the town of Falmouth, Massachusetts have voted to put on the town ballot a referendum to limit sewer planning costs to $500,000 and spend the rest of the sewer planning budget investigating alternatives to sewers,...

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Visit to the nation’s 1st wastewater facility producing struvite commercially

April 18, 2011
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Visit to the nation’s 1st wastewater facility producing struvite commercially

On April 13, plant operator Brett Laney led four of us on a long-awaited tour of the Durham Wastewater Treatment Plant.  The facility sits on an attractive campus – a former dairy farm, today bordered by schools and apartment complexes – and even features a new Influent Pump Station with LEED silver certification.  It’s located in...

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Sanitation Policy Advocacy in Flush-and-Forget America

November 15, 2010
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Sanitation Policy Advocacy in Flush-and-Forget America

Following on Singapore, PHLUSH was invited for the second year in a row to speak at the World Toilet Summit. This year the annual event was held for the first time in the US.  Convened in Philadelphia Oct 31-Nov 3, 2010, the Summit was jointly organized by the World Toilet Organization and the International...

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Public Hygiene Lets Us Stay Human (PHLUSH) was founded in Portland, Oregon and today collaborates with groups across North America.

PHLUSH is a member of the World Toilet Organization and a partner in the Sustainable Sanitation Alliance.

Our Mission Through education and advocacy, PHLUSH helps local governments and citizen groups to provide equitable public restroom availability and to prepare for a pipe-breaking seismic event with appropriate ecological toilet systems.

Our Vision Toilet availability is a human right and well-designed sanitation systems restore health to our cities, our waters and our soils.

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