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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.


From the Blog

Public Restrooms and COVID-19: Guidelines for Reopening

June 29, 2020 The re-opening of the economy during the continuing COVID-19 pandemic depends on the successful re-opening of toilet facilities. Retail businesses, manufacturing firms, trade workshops, food-processing units, schools and universities, and government institutions must protect people from the SARS-CoV-2 virus. And they are in a position to support…

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There’s plenty of toilet paper in the US – so why are people hoarding it?

Almost 150 U.S. companies make toilet paper. Studio Dagdagaz/Shutterstock.com Jay L. Zagorsky, Boston University The other day I went into Costco to buy some toilet paper. It came as a small shock when I couldn’t find a single roll. The new coronavirus is inspiring panic buying of a variety of household products such as…

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The POOP Project is coming to Portland 2/22/2020!

Straight from New York City, The POOP Project is coming to Portland! How do you break the potty taboo and catalyze creative conversation about sustainable sanitation for the person, planet and world community?  The People’s Own Organic Power (POOP) Project​ has been showing us how, using a brilliant combination of theater,…

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