Blog

Oregon’s Floating Toilets

Floating restrooms are available at a number of Oregon locations thanks to the collaboration of the Oregon State Marine Board and local communities.      Linda Robinson of Friends of Gateway Green, sent us some photos.
img_4015
The toilets are pumped out using the same vacuum technology that boaters use to pipe the contents of their waste holding tanks into local sewer systems.   The facilities are partially funded by the fuel taxes paid by boaters.    Owners of  human powered boats such as canoes and kayaks also benefit.   
Toilet availability remains a priority of boaters, fueled by their commitment to environmental health as well as to personal convenience.     A list of floating restrooms, pumpout stations, and other human waste management facilities maintained by the State Marine Board is available here.    By using these facilities Oregon boaters keep 750,000 gallons of sewage from entering Oregon’s rivers, lakes, streams and coastal waterways.  


This Tuesday: Composting Toilets & Supporting Codes and Policies

With the support of PHLUSH, the Jefferson County Sanitation HAT has been hard at work this year strengthening community relationships, surveying local residents on sanitation needs and educational interests, and collaborating with local and regional experts to address rural sanitation challenges.  A Housing+Sanitation Learning Series kicked off this fall, starting…

Read More...

Can ecological sanitation help increase the supply of affordable housing?

December 28, 2021   As the cost of housing skyrockets across the United States, we’ve been wondering about the potential of water reuse and low-water toilet technologies to augment the affordable housing supply. Now, housing advocates, local officials, and residents in rural Jefferson County, Washington, have asked PHLUSH to find…

Read More...

Happy Menstrual Hygiene Day!

Today is Menstrual Hygiene Day, and PHLUSH realizes that menstrual hygiene management (MHM) and health can be improved with adequate access to restrooms. We are beginning to dive into the intersection of restroom advocacy and MHM -- learn more by hearing our board President, Genevieve Schutzius, speak on the intersection…

Read More...