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World Toilet Day

November 19, 2020

Mark your calendars!

Did you know that not everyone has access to proper sanitation?

  • 2 billion people in the world live without a safe toilet

  • The United Nations designated November 19 as “World Toilet Day” to call attention to this issue

Learn more about World Toilet Day

Why should we care about sanitation?

  • Each year, over 800,000 people die from lack of sanitation

  • Modern sewers help keep communities healthy

  • In Wisconsin, people used outhouses before modern sewers, and cholera plagued the state

"Sanitation is more important than independence" Quote from Mahatma Gandhi, 1925

Fun toilet topics!

  • “Psycho” was the first film to show a toilet flushing

  • You will spend 3 years of your life on the toilet

  • The first cubicle in a public restroom is always the cleanest and the least used

  • The world’s…

    • Scariest toilet is located at the top of a 15-story elevator with a see-through floor: In Mexico

    • Largest public toilet has 1,000 facilities: In China

    • The world’s most expensive toilet is made of 24-karat gold in a bathroom worth $3.5 billion: In Hong Kong

love your toilet = love the bay

What happens after you flush?

  • Wastewater winds through pipes in your home, which connect to municipal pipes, which connect to NEW Water pipes and facilities to be cleaned and returned back to the environment.
  • A ‘septic tank’ might hold your family’s wastewater – but that gets hauled to NEW Water for treatment, too!


NEW Water Effluent

Each day, NEW Water cleans about 41 million gallons of wastewater.

Over four days’ time, that water would fill up Lambeau Field, top to bottom


You can help!

  • Please dispose of wipes, medication, sanitary products, dental floss, and anything other than the “3Ps” (pee, poo, and paper) in the trash!
  • These items can clog up pipes, creating a costly – and messy – situation: Backups in your home, and maintenance and equipment problems for NEW Water.

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