Posts by Phlush

How about Walking for Water on March 24?

Portlanders will join folks from around the globe on Saturday, March 24 to commemorate World Water Day with a convivial morning of exercise on the waterfront and learning activities at OMSI. Portland’s Fourth Annual Walk for Water  features a non-competitive 5k fun run as well as the simulation of a typical water-gathering experience for women…

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Emergency toilets on agenda at Sunnyside Disaster Dinner

Sunnyside Environmental School plays host to the First Annual Sunnyside Disaster Dinner on Saturday, Mach 10.  This neighborhood event to promote community emergency preparedness takes place at the school at 3421 SE Salmon St. From 3 to 4:30pm the public is invited to visit free Information Booths and Activities. Jeff Holiman and the PHLUSH team will…

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Time for Portland Parks to take toilets seriously

The cost-cutting recommendations of Portland Parks and Recreation’s Budget Advisory Committee call for 189 toilet closures    The proposal is for Parks to replace half the number of closed stalls with plastic portables while laying off the Parks Technicians who understand the social environment and perform many other duties besides cleaning restrooms and hauling away trash. (UPDATE: PP&R’s official…

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Celebrate First Flush of Portland Loo #5 at 1 pm Jan 31st

Isn’t it weirdly cool that we live in a city that celebrates the first flush of every new Portland Loo?  Actually, these repeated inaugurals tell us something.  A product has met a need.  The city has provided a service citizens think is important. People are using the Loo and talking about it.  The co-location of…

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Building Safe Toilet Design into Shared Urban Space

  That’s the title of our paper presented at the recent World Toilet Summit in Hainan, China.   PHLUSH believes that public toilets should be as much a part of the streetscape as sidewalks and street lamps. But as public restroom advocates all over North America know, it’s an uphill battle. For many public officials the…

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Emergency Sanitation Updates

Awareness that Portland sits atop the Cascadia Subduction Zone and is at risk of a major earthquake has fueled interest in emergency sanitation.   Toilets for Emergencies is what we’re calling our fall campaign that leads up to World Toilet Day, celebrated annually on November 19th. Visitors to the PHLUSH booth at last month’s Water! Festival had…

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Where does it all go? Sanitation tours provide answers.

Where does it all go after we flush?  How does it all get managed?  How come we know so little about how wastewater treatment systems work? These are the questions that led us to organize our 2011-12  series of expert-led tours of sanitation facilities.  As citizens, we need some understanding of essential infrastructure to influence…

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Toilets for Emergencies

What are we going to do when the toilets don’t work?  Do we have the knowledge and materials we need to build simple, safe, functional toilets for household and multi-household use?   Helping Portlanders answer these questions is the goal of Toilets for Emergencies, a fall campaign organized by PHLUSH in partnership with PNCA’s Collaborative Design…

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Will no-mix toilets work on San Francisco streets?

At PHLUSH we’ve been looking at urine diversion technologies and think no-mix toilets are going to be really important in the future.  And we’re keen to get the word out as we consider earthquake preparedness and what to do for emergency household toilets when we can’t flush.  So a proposal, picked up by the New York Times,…

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Sanitation tour series begins Sept 28th with Living Machine visit

To provide opportunities for citizens to get the knowledge necessary to influence sound budget and public policy decisions regarding urban sanitation and sewers, PHLUSH has organized a series of expert-led visits. On Wednesday, September 28th we have arranged a lunch hour visit to the Living Machine® at the Port of Portland in their new LEED Platinum headquarters designed by…

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