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Experts call for end of flushing toilets on World Toilet Day

AS the world celebrates World Toilet Day today, sanitation experts have
called for the end of the flushing dunny to save water and provide
fertilizer for crops.

Leading health advocates have called for the use of "dry" toilets which
separate urine from faeces and remove the need to flush.

Speaking at the recent World Toilet Summit in Macau, World Toilet
Organisation founder Jack Sims said the concept of the flushing toilet was
unsustainable.

Mr Sims said a culture where people flushed their loos but disregarded the
thousands of litres of wasted drinking water each year was one of
sanitation's greatest challenges.

"This 'flush and forget' attitude creates a new problem which we have to
revisit," he said.

There have already been calls by Australian experts to reduce the amount
of water wasted through toilet flushing with a proposed new toilet tax.

"Some people may go as far as not flushing their toilet as often, as the
less sewage you produce the less the rate you pay," Professor Young
said.

If you aren't flushed with enthusiasm by a third-world toilet, Time
magazine recently revealed the world's most expensive toilet.

The sophisticated lavatory from Japanese manufacturer Toto features a
self-raising or closing toilet lid, a seat-warmer and ambient music to make
relieving yourself as pleasant as possible.

Several of these features are already the mainstay of upper-class
Japanese restaurants, while some of the top range models can even check
blood pressure, urine protein, weight and body fat.

Now if only people could figure out how to use it:


http://www.news.com.au/story/0,27574,24670784-13762,00.html
 
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