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Water for Cities: Responding to the Urban Challenge

That’s the theme for World Water Day 2011.  PHLUSH is responding to the challenge by getting out basic information, both on  the situation globally and in our cities here in the Pacific Northwest.  Look for information on this blog and on developing portions of the website.  We’ll also be communicating directly with the media and with public officials.   And as World Water Day events take shape in the Portland, we’ll have updates on our participation. International World Water Day is held annually on March 22nd to focus attention on the importance of freshwater and to advocate for the sustainable management of freshwater resources. Among the campaign materials is the UN brief “Water Quality and Sanitation.” It is possible that Oregon’s city dwellers are already changing household sanitation practices to preserve fresh water resources?   A front page story in The Oregonian looks into new US Census data on plumbing facilities in occupied housing units.  These show a significant increase in the number of Oregon homes that lack “complete plumbing,” which is defined as homes with all of the following: hot and cold piped water, a flush toilet and a bathtub or shower.
On the surface one might attribute this to growing rural poverty.   However, “Oregon’s five most-populous counties accounted for the entire 33 percent increase in the number of homes without plumbing from 2000 to 2009.”  Are urban homeowners taking matters into their own hands?  Figuring out what the Census data mean might be interesting topic for World Water Day 2011.


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…

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Is the Queen City ready to PHLUSH?

No matter one's position in life, the title of that old children's book applies: "Everyone Poops." From a manual laborer all the way to royalty, nature's call is one we all must answer - sometimes more urgently than others! That's why even The Queen City must admit that she's ready…

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PHLUSH is looking for volunteers!

Are you passionate about public sanitation, toilet access, and emergency preparedness? PHLUSH (Public Hygiene Lets Us Stay Human) is looking for enthusiastic volunteers to help us make the world a better place to poop and pee. The need for public restrooms has never been greater due to the pandemic, rising…

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