Borrow Restorative Sanitation Display

September 27, 2013

Are you trying to communicate information about post-disaster sanitation?  Do you need an exhibit for a community event, a preparedness fair or for the lobby of the building where you work?

IMG_3702Then display the four panels on  Restorative Sanitation: Why wait until disaster strikes.  Interested Portland-based groups may borrow the exhibit or may print their own panels or posters using our high resolution files.  If you’d like to borrow the panels email Ronnie Mompellier, Emergency Manager at the Bureau of Environmental Services, or call her at  503-823-2649 (desk) or 503-823-6399 (cell) to arrange pick up from 888 SW 5th Ave, Suite 400  Portland.  If you would like the high res pdfs to print your own panels (using Vista print or a similar service) contact PHLUSH.

The display introduces key concepts of emergency sanitation on four large panels.  The panels are titled as follows:

  • SEPARATE (urine and feces to optimally manage pathogens and volume)
  • CONTAIN (safely contain excreta, making sure you have enough containers)
  • COMPOST (manage your compost properly)
  • WASH (remember hand hygiene; build a hand washing unit.)


The display covers preparation for household sanitation needs in the initial weeks following an infrastructure-destroying disaster and explain what do with collected pee and poo in longer term.  It’s based on the 24-page  Sewer Catastrophe Companion, which is available for download and photocopying.

While the panels are quite information intensive, all salient concepts and instructions are located at the top large print. Supporting information follows and the scientific and technical studies cited appear in footnotes at the bottom of each panel.  Here’s a pdf of the four Restorative Sanitation panels.

CONTAINThis standalone display is self-explanatory and does not require an attendant. It’s designed to remain in place, preferably for at least a week, at a school or conference or in the lobby of a building.  It can also be part of an attended booth at an event. It’s family friendly and could be hosted by those as young as middle school students.

The display was developed thanks to a small grant from East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District A Sewer Catastrophe Companion is the work of Molly Danielsson and Mathew Lippincott of MDML in partnership with the Collaborative Design program of the the Pacific Northwest College of Arts, the International Center for Water Management Services (cewas) and PHLUSH.  The Companion is made available at no cost under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 license.


Panels, stands, and twin buckets are easily transported in a cart or on a bicycle.  Borrowers in the greater Portland area may also borrow neighborhood toilet prototypes and the hand washing station developed in the PNCA design lab to create an inviting, hands-on, walk-around-and-lift-the-lid type of exhibit.  (There is nothing in the exhibit of great value that’s likely to walk away.)


Groups interested in borrowing and hosting Restorative Sanitation are invited to contact PHLUSH to schedule and to make arrangements for pick up.  If you would like to make your own posters or vinyl panels, please email a request for the original high resolution files.

Restorative Sanitation premiered in May 2013 at the annual conference of National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster a coalition of hundreds of organizations – faith-based, community-based, and other non-governmental organizations – and 55  VOADs representing them in U.S. States and Territories.  Subsequently it travelled to events in Portland and to the annual conference of the Oregon Water/Wastewater Agency Response Network.


Our Mission Through education and advocacy, PHLUSH helps local governments and citizen groups to provide equitable public restroom availability and to prepare for a pipe-breaking seismic event with appropriate ecological toilet systems.

Our Vision Toilet availability is a human right and well-designed sanitation systems restore health to our cities, our waters and our soils.

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Public Hygiene Lets Us Stay Human (PHLUSH) was founded in Portland, Oregon and today collaborates with groups across North America.

PHLUSH is a member of the World Toilet Organization and a partner in the Sustainable Sanitation Alliance.

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