Why Disaster Sanitation?

The wastewater systems in America are increasingly susceptible to climate change and natural disaster. Many are already failing. Alternate systems are possible -- it's time to reform our infrastructure now.
American’s wastewater infrastructure needs maintenance.

ASCE Report Card and updates on maintenance costs

The risks to water and wastewater systems are escalating with climate change.

Sea level rise, groundwater intrusion, eutrophication and toxic pollution.

Recent hurricanes and flooding have overwhelmed existing systems.

Houston’s Harvey, Florida’s Irma, and North Carolina’s Florence.

Florida’s failing septic systems are destroying its land and way of life.

Houston’s Harvey, Florida’s Irma, and North Carolina’s Florence.

Isn’t it time to consider alternative systems?

Conclusion is a quick overview of sustainable systems with key resources. Could be rewrite of this page on ecological sanitation systems. Most of those free resources have been updated.


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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