World Toilet Day


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There are some fairly esoteric world days to celebrate, but perhaps none more, ahem, unseemly than the humble toilet. That's right - today is World Toilet Day.

But before you start with the low-brow humour, the day actually represents a serious issue: sanitation.

About 2.5 billion people worldwide do not have access to sanitation, and that figure blows out to about 4million if you take into account the lack of flush toilets.

More than 1.8 million people die every year from diarrhoea-related diseases (including cholera) - 90 per cent of those are children under 5, mostly in developing countries.

Improved sanitation could reduce those numbers by one third, according to the World Health Organisation.

Here's some more facts about toilets:

  • An average person visits the toilet 2,500 times a year - that's around 7 times a day, or about 3 years of your life in the bathroom.
  • Modern toilets use an average of 6 L of water per flush - that's 88,344 L if each one of the 14,724 public toilets in Australia were flushed at the same time.
  • You could fill a large backyard pool with the 40,000 to 50,000 L of drinking water many of us flush down the toilet each year.
  • Composting toilets use little or no water and convert waste into fertiliser for the garden!
  • A leaky toilet cistern can waste more than 60,000 L of water per year. Replacing the rubber seal to prevent that waste of water costs just $2.
  • An American study found that consumers use 8.6 sheets of loo paper per toilet visit, totalling around 57 sheets per day, and 20,805 sheets per year.