For most, going to the toilet comes as second nature and we hardly think about our actions, flushing and forgetting in most instances.
Even the Queen does it… (Allegedly).
But for others; the act of going to the toilet is a staggeringly different proposition. In fact, according to the United Nations (UN) some 2.4 billion people globally are actually living without a toilet and one in ten have no choice but to defecate in the open. Putting it simply: this stinks!
For the UN, this year’s World Toilet Day on 19th November is about breaking the taboo of improper sanitation. The organisation has made the right to water and sanitation one of its sustainable development goals and aims for EVERYONE to have access to a toilet by 2030.
The theme of this year’s World Toilet Day is ‘toilets and jobs’, focusing on how sanitation, or the lack of it, can impact people’s livelihoods.
As the UN states: “A lack of toilets at work and at home has severe impacts upon businesses through problems in the workforce: poor health, absenteeism, attrition, reduced concentration, exhaustion, and decreased productivity.
“Loss of productivity due to illnesses caused by lack of sanitation and poor hygiene practices is estimated to cost many countries up to 5% of GDP.”
But as Mr Toilet explains, it’s not just productivity which is being affected by the lack of adequate global sanitation. Lives too, are being lost because of the lack of a basic necessity…
Diarrhoea caused by poor sanitation and unsafe water kills 315,000 children every year (WASHwatch 2016) and it has also been found that disease transmission at work, mostly caused by poor sanitation and hygiene practices, causes 17% of all workplace deaths. The World Toilet Organisation goes even further saying the ‘silent’ sanitation crisis is a ‘ticking time bomb’.
What’s more there are gender inequalities too when it comes to the right of having adequate sanitation. In least-developed countries, only around half of schools have access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene. Because of this, girls miss out on up to one week of school per month. For girls’ privacy, dignity and safety, separate toilets and washrooms, with lockable doors, are essential to keeping girls in education, and in turn, opening up a world of opportunity to them.
You can help however by twinning your loo. By making a £60 donation at toilettwinning.org you can twin your own facilities to a latrine in a country of your choice and help fund the work of international relief and development agency Tearfund. Not only will your own loo have a fancy toilet twinning certificate – your donation will be used to provide clean water, basic sanitation, and hygiene education.
Here in the UK access to a loo is not usually the problem. But blockages to sewerage can be.
Thankfully, CountyClean Group has the experience to deal with them – whatever the cause. For instance, our team was instrumental in ridding Kingston-upon-Thames of its fatberg and came to aid of the historic Landgate Arch in Rye, East Sussex, which was confronted with a 3ft pile of pigeon poo.
So, when confronted with a blockage – whether in your toilet at home, in another drain or at your place of work – in case of emergency just call our friendly team free on 0800 171 2204 any time, any day.