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.


This Tuesday: Composting Toilets & Supporting Codes and Policies

With the support of PHLUSH, the Jefferson County Sanitation HAT has been hard at work this year strengthening community relationships, surveying local residents on sanitation needs and educational interests, and collaborating with local and regional experts to address rural sanitation challenges.  A Housing+Sanitation Learning Series kicked off this fall, starting…

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Can ecological sanitation help increase the supply of affordable housing?

December 28, 2021   As the cost of housing skyrockets across the United States, we’ve been wondering about the potential of water reuse and low-water toilet technologies to augment the affordable housing supply. Now, housing advocates, local officials, and residents in rural Jefferson County, Washington, have asked PHLUSH to find…

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Happy Menstrual Hygiene Day!

Today is Menstrual Hygiene Day, and PHLUSH realizes that menstrual hygiene management (MHM) and health can be improved with adequate access to restrooms. We are beginning to dive into the intersection of restroom advocacy and MHM -- learn more by hearing our board President, Genevieve Schutzius, speak on the intersection…

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