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October 9, 2013

A Sewer Catastrophe Companion: Dry Toilets for Wet Disasters

First Edition 2012




This handbook came out of a collaboration between Pacific Northwest College of Art’s (PNCA) Collaborative Design’s inaugural cohort and MDML.

Executive Editors: Molly Danielsson and Mathew Lippincott Illustrations: Molly Danielsson and Emma Conley
Cover: Molly Danielsson
Developers: PNCA’s Sanitation, Hygiene and Integrated Technologies Lab: Emma Conley, Dustin Fremont, Morgan O’Hara, Dave Laubenthal, Halley Roberts, Chelsea Stephen.


Thanks to Peter Schoonmaker for initiating this collaboration. Much appreciation for the patience and graciousness of the Sanitation, Hygiene and Integrated Technologies Lab at PNCA. This publication wouldn’t have happened without your enthusiasm for dealing with complex sh*t. Thanks to Carol McCreary and friends of Public Hygiene Lets Us Stay Human for editing and encouragement. Thanks to Robby Kraft, Naomi Krasnow, Andrew Kurtz, Ezra Spier and Jeremy O’Leary for pre-testing.

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This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.  Published by MDML Portland, Oregon

Our Mission Through education and advocacy, PHLUSH helps local governments and citizen groups to provide equitable public restroom availability and to prepare for a pipe-breaking seismic event with appropriate ecological toilet systems.

Our Vision Toilet availability is a human right and well-designed sanitation systems restore health to our cities, our waters and our soils.

Public Hygiene Lets Us Stay Human (PHLUSH) was founded in Portland, Oregon and today collaborates with groups across North America.

PHLUSH is a member of the World Toilet Organization and a partner in the Sustainable Sanitation Alliance.

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