SVSR supports World Toilet Day

SVSR Supporting World Toilet Day

For those who missed it, 19 November was World Toilet Day.

And despite what people might think, there’s much more to it than meets the eye. World Toilet Day is an unofficial – although UN sanctioned – day of awareness and action around the global sanitation crisis.

Inadequate sanitation poses a huge risk to health – and lives. And it’s a crisis that impacts billions.

Toilets help stop the spread of killer diseases from human waste. We may take them for granted… but toilets save lives.

SVSR really knows sewerage… so you don’t have to. We’re actively involved in research for safe, sustainable sewer vent solutions. And we’re a strong supporter of World Toilet Day.

Here’s why you should be, too.

Why World Toilet Day

Why World Toilet Day?

The numbers are astounding.

Currently, around 4.2 billion people live without safely managed sanitation, which is more than half the global population.

And horrifically, it’s estimated 297,000 children under the age of five die each year from diarrhoea as a result of unsafe drinking water, sanitation and hand hygiene.

Celebrated on 19 November each year, World Toilet Day aims to inspire action to tackle this global crisis and help achieve Sustainable Development Goal 6 (SDG 6), part of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Adopted by all United Nations member states in 2015, the goal is for global sanitation for all by 2030.

Unfortunately, it’s not on track – due to a combination of factors including inadequate funding, rising demand and worsening water pollution.

World Toilet Day encourages people to learn about the issues, share information and take action by attending or holding an event using World Toilet Day resources such as fact sheets, lesson information on sustainability for children – and even an online game.

Leaving No One Behind

Leaving no one behind

The theme for this year’s World Toilet Day was ‘Leaving no one behind’, drawing attention to the human element of inadequate sanitation. Toilets are crucial for health, but they are also about dignity. And sanitation is a fundamental human right.

World Toilet Day organisers define safely managed sanitation as hygienic toilet facilities that protect people and the environment from disease agents. And a key component of the goal is that every household should have their own, and not shared, sanitation facilities.

Inadequate sanitation primarily affects the poor and marginalised. For millions of refugees and others forced to flee their homes, for instance, there are frequent barriers to sanitation and water services in temporary camps.

Maker games

Maker Games

SVSR has a dedicated R&D focus and is committed to innovation and sustainability.

One of our research focuses is on sustainable odour control. And this year we collaborated with students at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) as part of their innovative Maker Games competition.

The Maker Games invites students from multiple disciplines to design real-world solutions for specific industry challenges.

SVSR challenged students to design and build a prototype that would help protect sewerage workers in India from hazardous hydrogen sulphide gases.

Over 350 sewer workers died in India between 2010 and 2017 after exposure to the gases – so it’s a potentially life-saving project.

Students from the School of Engineering took just 10 weeks to devise a prototype mask that is effective at blocking the gases, cheap to make – and potentially, very easy to distribute.

Sewer solutions

Sewer solutions for every day

World Toilet Day has a tongue-in-cheek feel – but the motivation is serious.

And we take sewerage seriously, too.

We’re a long-standing family business that knows everything there is to know about sewerage… and sewer vent solutions. 

We’re committed to providing safe and efficient design, installation and maintenance solutions for sewer vent shafts, induct vent cowls and educt cowls. 

If you need to maintain or check the condition of your sewer vents – or need innovative, sustainable solutions – contact us today. 


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