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Come Meet Mr. Toilet in Portland, Oregon

May 14, 2012
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Come Meet Mr. Toilet in Portland, Oregon

PHLUSH will host World Toilet Organization Founder Jack Sim on Sunday, June 3 and Monday, June 4. Jack is an international media celebrity and inspiring advocate for human dignity. He put the spotlight on the 2.6 billion humans who lack toilets and helped get the UN to include sanitation in Millennium Development Goals. Jack...

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Portland Takes Lead in Sound Advice for Emergency Sanitation

May 2, 2012
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Portland Takes Lead in Sound Advice for Emergency Sanitation

Lately, we’ve been checking out what other West Coast cities at risk of earthquake-induced water and sewer system failure and non-functioning toilets are recommending to residents. Some cities propose that residents bag, bleach, throw away, or bury human waste in the event of an emergency.  Such proposals could have dangerous consequences.  Portland, however, has...

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Meet Poonam Sharma, PHLUSH Volunteer

April 10, 2012
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Meet Poonam Sharma, PHLUSH Volunteer

As an exclusively volunteer run organization, PHLUSH relies solely on the help of dedicated volunteers to conduct outreach, plan activities, and manage online communications. Volunteers are the backbone of the organization, and we want to acknowledge the efforts of friend and committed PHLUSH volunteer – Poonam Sharma. “As someone who has lived all over...

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Sanitation Solutions Emerge after Haitian Earthquake

March 25, 2012
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Sanitation Solutions Emerge after Haitian Earthquake

Monika Roy with SOIL writes: Bonswa from Haiti. Monika here, working down in the Caribbean with SOIL (Sustainable Organic Integrated Livelihoods). SOIL is a U.S. NGO focused on EcoSan systems, incorporating hygiene education and developing sustainable business models through humanure compost sales. We started up north in Cap Haitien in 2006 building public EcoSan...

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Where does it all go? Sanitation tours provide answers.

November 7, 2011
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Where does it all go?  Sanitation tours provide answers.

Where does it all go after we flush?  How does it all get managed?  How come we know so little about how wastewater treatment systems work? These are the questions that led us to organize our 2011-12  series of expert-led tours of sanitation facilities.  As citizens, we need some understanding of essential infrastructure to...

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Sanitation tour series begins Sept 28th with Living Machine visit

September 13, 2011
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Sanitation tour series begins Sept 28th with Living Machine visit

To provide opportunities for citizens to get the knowledge necessary to influence sound budget and public policy decisions regarding urban sanitation and sewers, PHLUSH has organized a series of expert-led visits. On Wednesday, September 28th we have arranged a lunch hour visit to the Living Machine® at the Port of Portland in their new LEED Platinum headquarters designed...

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Journalists breaking the pee and poop barrier

June 11, 2010
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Several solid pieces of journalism  have burst on the scene recently and threaten to break through our society’s prevailing “flush and forget” mind set “A Fecal Matter” The cover story in the June 2nd Willamette Week takes on Portland’s sewers.  Pulitizer-prize winning Nigel Jaquiss looks at the city’s groaning infrastructure, salutes the engineer-heros in...

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Experts agree that sanitation brings high ROI. So where’s the investment?

December 8, 2009
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Experts agree that sanitation brings high ROI.  So where’s the investment?

Experts agree that sanitation brings high ROI.  So why isn’t there more investment? Experts at the World Toilet Summit in Singapore this week all agreed that sanitation pays off. The World Health Organisation alone has shown time and time again that a single dollar’s investment in sanitation brings anywhere from $3 to $34 return...

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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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