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

Through education and advocacy, PHLUSH helps local governments and citizen groups to provide equitable public restroom availability and to prepare for sanitation disasters with appropriate ecological toilet systems.

Human Dignity
HUMAN DIGNITY

Our ability to respond to a universal biological need is a basic human right. Our houseless neighbors, those of us who have medical conditions, and those who are older, younger, pregnant, menstruating, or non-binary are especially in need of safe and adequate facilities to meet their sanitary needs.

Health & Fitness
LIVABLE COMMUNITIES

Public toilets enable us to be physically active and enjoy new experiences when we’re away from home. Our mental well-being is enhanced when we’re out with families and friends and know there's a place "to go." Adequate facilities promote more time spent enjoying our public spaces.

Livable Communitites
DISASTER PREPAREDNESS

Our sewers run the risk of damage due to earthquakes, flooding, cyber-hacking, and other threats. Most emergency preparedness resources/kits don't plan for an alternative way of using the toilet when needed. Having this plan in place isn't just smart - it could save a life.


A Recap of the U.S. WASH Convening: Part I

In early May, Ashley and Genevieve traveled cross-country for a whirlwind week in Washington DC at the inaugural United States WASH (Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene) Convening! We’d like to thank our friends at DigDeep and Water For People for putting this incredible conference together, including funding for travel and lodging…

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The Importance of Inclusive Restroom Signage

Professional photographer Mark Chester did not intentionally find the issue of inclusivity in restroom access - the issue found him. Chester began photographing restroom signs 12 years ago. In conducting this work, Chester began pondering the relationship between signage and inclusivity. What he found is that the barriers to equitable…

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Tips for Creating a Successful Family Emergency Plan

  The scariest thing about natural disasters is that they can happen out of nowhere so you need to be prepared. Does your family know what to do if a tornado, hurricane, or wildfire erupts around your home? In addition to creating an emergency response kit, an emergency plan is…

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