Emergency Sanitation Recommendations for Hurricane Florence


Hurricane Florence is upon us. She is predicted to bring excessive rainfall (over 2 feet) and dangerous storm surge (up to 9-12 feet) to North and South Carolina. While some are rejoicing that wind speeds have been downgraded, NWS continues to predict life-threatening storm surge and unprecedented rainfall. As an organization focused on safe sanitation…

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New documentary breaks taboos to explore America’s wastewater infrastructure


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 Us…

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PHLUSH urges Orange County to reopen restrooms in public letter

Dear Orange County Board of Supervisors: Our organization Public Hygiene Lets Us Stay Human (PHLUSH) was appalled at the forced removal of portable toilets located along the banks of the Santa Ana River as reported in a recent article from The Guardian. These toilets were used by hundreds of people, and women and children are…

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Global Homeless Day: Toilet Solutions from France for the USA

“The restroom thus becomes a tool for figuring out just how a society functions – what it values, how it separates people from one another, and the kinds of trade-offs that come to be made,” says sociologist Harvey Moltoch. While we at PHLUSH believe in safe and accessible toilets for all people (families, children, those…

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Essay Review of The Bathroom: Small Spaces, Vast Systems

Reading The Bathroom: Small Spaces, Vast Systems published in Places by Dr. Barbara Penner, senior lecturer at Bartlett School of Architecture UCL, challenges one to think beyond the status quo for global sanitation design of toilets, hygiene, and sewers. Penner is not your typical architect. She pushes disciplinary boundaries to decipher historical and sociological elements…

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World Toilet Summit 2012: Liveblog


Welcome to the PHLUSH liveblog of the World Toilet Summit 2012. PHLUSH volunteer Abby Brown is liveblogging the event from Durban, South Africa on December 4 to December 6. Click Read more below for the latest updates. The event program is located here. [Please remember the time difference – Durban is ten hours ahead of Oregon.]…

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Water and Toilets for Humans w/o Homes

A guest post on water and sanitation justice by Abby Brown of the Water for the Ages blog. On a recent trip to my hometown, I traveled two hours north to visit a close family member living on the streets. He is chronically homeless, and it deeply saddens me he is unable to accept housing…

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