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We fight for your toilet rights. Remember PHLUSH on #GivingTuesday.

November 26, 2017
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We fight for your toilet rights. Remember PHLUSH on #GivingTuesday.

Have you ever needed “to go” but couldn’t find a public toilet? Yes? Well, we’re working to fix that. We help local governments figure out how to build cost effective public restrooms that provide maximum function in minimum space and are safe, accessible, available, attractive and easy to maintain. Have you felt unsafe in...

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New documentary breaks taboos to explore America’s wastewater infrastructure

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.  Mangu-Ward’s images are captivating, the editing is excellent, and the film features some of North America’s most important sanitation heroes. It will change the way you think about poop. We here at the other PHLUSH (Public Hygiene Lets...

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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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Reflect Before You Flush

November 18, 2013
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Reflect Before You Flush

This guest blog post is by John Gonzalez from the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District for World Toilet Day 2013. Please check out our ToiletsUSA page for more info. Follow #ToiletsUSA, #LiftTheLid, and #CelebrateTheToilet. Your ability to “flush and forget” is taken for granted. Period. In the US, access to proper and efficient sanitation does not represent...

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Where does it all go? Sanitation tours provide answers.

November 7, 2011
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Where does it all go?  Sanitation tours provide answers.

Where does it all go after we flush?  How does it all get managed?  How come we know so little about how wastewater treatment systems work? These are the questions that led us to organize our 2011-12  series of expert-led tours of sanitation facilities.  As citizens, we need some understanding of essential infrastructure to...

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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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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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