Blog > World Toilet Day – 19th November

Today is World Toilet Day!

What is World Toilet Day?

Yes, the United Nations General Assembly have designated 19th November as the day that we think about sanitation issues and the enhancement of water management.

Believe it or not, 2.5 billion people do not have access to a clean and safe toilet and 1.1 billion still defecate in the open air.

To celebrate, there is a History of the Toilet Infographic, courtesy of: Victoria Plumb

world toilet daySee the “full infographic

From the holes in the ground of our forebears, through the first dedicated sewer systems of the Romans, the privies of the Middle Ages and the outdoor lavvy of the early 20th century, the loo satisfies a very fundamental need.

Contrary to popular belief, this infographic says that Thomas Crapper did not invent the modern toilet – although his 1891 design was heavily involved in the development of this essential modern luxury.

However, he was asked by King Edward VII to install his water closets in several palaces and he was the first person to have a showroom displaying what would become bathroom essentials.

Does the toilet in your home or office need plunging on a regular basis?

Check what people are putting down it – it’s not meant to be a waste disposal!

No sanitary towels or kitchen roll – just the thinnest toilet paper you can find.

Or, better still, call our plumbers to see if there is a simple solution.

On World Toilet Day, we should be thinking about those people across the world who are still having to put up with a hole in the ground.

Back in 2013, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said “By working together – and by having an open and frank discussion on the importance of toilets and sanitation – we can improve the health and well-being of one-third of the human family”

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