History of the toilet coming to Strathroy (Ontario, Canada)
The popular travelling exhibit "Sitting Pretty: A History of the Toilet" arrives in Strathroy this February 24th. The Museum joined the waiting list for the exhibit in July of 2008, with the understanding that the first available slot was three years away.
"Sitting Pretty had been well publicized throughout the province, and it seemed like a fun and interactive exhibit," says Museum Assistant Brianna Hammer. "We got in touch with Guelph Museums, which created it, and decided it was worth the wait." The travelling display will complement the Museum's upcoming local history exhibit, "Pipes and Progress: Water and Waste in Strathroy-Caradoc."
Sitting Pretty, will open at the Museum Strathroy-Caradoc gallery on Feb. 24, and run until May 5th. For more information visit
Toilet and Restroom Contests
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Toilet Experts to Deliberate
(Press Release) – Nov 03, 2009 –
World Experts To Deliberate On Issues Of Sanitation And Toilets.
World Toilet Summit returns to Singapore since inauguration in 2001. World experts on sanitation and toilets will converge in Singapore in December to deliberate on almost every aspect of this once-taboo subject.
World experts on sanitation and toilets will converge in Singapore in December to deliberate on almost every aspect of this once-taboo subject.
High on their agenda will be the urgent issue of bringing sanitation to 2.5 billion people who live without having toilets, a market worth an estimated US$1 trillion.
The occasion will be the three-day World Toilet Summit and Expo 2009 (WTSE 2009) to be held from December 2-4 at Suntec Singapore. It will be opened by Mr Lim Swee Say, Minister (Prime Minister’s Office).
International Year of Sanitation 2008
Around the world, 2,6 billion people do not have a clean and safe place to use for performing their bodily functions - they lack that basic necessity, a toilet. This hidden global scandal constitutes an affront to human dignity on a massive scale.
To put the spotlight on sanitation the UN General Assembly declared the year 2008 the International Year of Sanitation. The goal is to raise awareness and to accelerate progress towards the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) target to reduce by half the proportion of the 2,6 billion people without access to basic sanitation by 2015. Sanitation is the most important medical advance since 1840, according to a reader survey in the British Medical Journal. Improved sanitation reduces cholera, worms, diarrhoea, pneumonia and malnutrition, among other maladies, that cause disease and death in millions of people. Today 2.6 billion people, including almost one billion children, live without even basic sanitation. Every 20 seconds, a child dies as a result of poor sanitation. That’s 1.5 million preventable deaths each year. For the rest of this story see International Year of Sanitation 2008
Water history touches upon and informs many areas, including economic business and political history, the history of science and medicine, history of technology, development, environmental sciences and geography. The history of water resource use can be a deeply political one. Conflicts over the control and use of water have ranged historically, and continue to range across local, institutional and international boundaries. The aims and ideologies of those directing the control of water resources are often complex and controversial. In recognition of this the IWHA seeks to provide a forum for the widest possible debate, free of political or institutional influence or control.
Bangkok will host the second World Toilet Expo & Forum from 16 to 18 November 2006. With the theme, Happy Toilet, Healthy Life, the event will facilitate Thailand towards the progressive development and standardisation of public toilet service. It will promote awareness and participation from all sectors to help develop international standard public toilets and effective toilet management in the country.
Showcasing the latest toilet-related trends, technologies and products, the exhibition will feature a wide range of products and services from leading industry names. It will enable visitors to learn about the latest trends and innovations in the hygiene and toilet-related industries. According to UNICEF, over 1 billion people struggle without safe water and a staggering one in three lacks even a basic toilet. In Thailand, the government adopts a proactive strategy to improve its public toilet facilities through nationwide campaigns and public education. The Thai Ministry of Public Health has outlined its public toilet development strategy based on three guiding principles - health, accessibility and safety.
We want to hear your tales, your Toilet Tales!
International House Toronto is holding a writing contest about your dirtiest, nastiest, saddest, or happiest time involving a toilet. The story that intrigues us the most will be declared the winner!
The winner of the contest will receive 2 prizes:
1. A two night stay at Fallsview Casino Resort in Niagara Falls, Ontario
2. A one month tuition scholarship to study English at IH Toronto
Visit the Fallsview Casino Resort's website here.
5th IWHA Conference, 14-17 June 2007,
"Pasts and Futures of Water", Tampere, Finland
The International Water History Association (IWHA) will hold its fifth biennial
conference in Tampere in June 2007. The event is co-organized and hosted by University of Tampere (Dept. of History) and Tampere, University of Technology, TUT ( Institute of Environmental Engineering and Biotechnology, IEEB).
The conference program addresses diverse topics related to water history and the future of water and will provide an excellent opportunity for scholars and professionals from a variety of disciplines and different parts of the world to meet and discuss the many fascinating aspects of water history.
Contacts: Dr. Tapio S. Katko: firstname.lastname@example.org & Dr. Petri S. Juuti: email@example.com
The 2nd International Dry Toilet Conference; Tampere, 16-19 August 2006.
On behalf of the organising committees, I have the honour to invite you to the 2nd International Dry Toilet Conference in Tampere, Finland, on August 16 -19, 2006. DT2006 will continue the progress achieved by the previous conference DT2003. The objective of the conference is to offer a discussion platform for professionals and other interested parties. The Conference will distribute the latest information about various aspects of dry toilets.
Ms. Asta Rajala
Chairperson of the Global Dry Toilet Club of Finland
"National Toilet Repair Month" in October.
Fluidmaster, the world's largest manufacturer of toilet replacement parts, has officially designated October as National Toilet Repair Month.
"We want to take the mystery out of toilet repair and care," says Gary Harris, Vice President of Sales. "A well-tuned toilet is actually a very easy D-I-Y project . It provides long-term satisfaction for homeowner's and consistent profit for our retailers. That's why Fluidmaster created and continues to sponsor National Toilet Repair Month."
The month will kick off with the finals competition for the Fluidmaster Flush-Off- a truly zany talent contest where contestants perform their best vocal impression of a toilet flush for an audience that includes nationwide media. This year's Flush-Off will take place at Fluidmaster headquarters in San Juan Capistrano on Wednesday, October 6. Winners will take trophies home cash prizes of $250 to $1,000.
Fluidmaster will also promote Toilet Repair Month nationally with consumer publicity that spotlights America's #1 D-I-Y plumbing project. D-I-Yers will learn of toilet trends, trivia and most important, the steps and components of a Toilet Tune-Up™.
October was selected as National Toilet Repair Month as it is historically a strong sales period for toilet repair products since many home repairs are tackled prior to holiday events and the arrival of house guests.
2005 World Toilet Summit
Over 400 international delegates from the US, Europe, Australia and the Far East gathered in Belfast’s Waterfront Hall during September 2005 for the 2005 World Toilet Summit. Belfast is the first city in the western world to play host to the International Summit, as previous summits have been held in Singapore, Beijing and Taiwan.
The theme of the conference was ‘Setting Standards and Satisfying Needs Globally‘ and included topics for discussion such as: Public toilet provision – a global perspective; Managing anti-social behaviour; Schools, hospitals and mobile toilets
The objectives of the World Toilet Organisation are:
To establish a world recognised body to co-ordinate and promote sanitation issues.
To continuously generate awareness for the importance of a good toilet environment.
To gather resources and promote creative development in the research & development, usage & attitudes and aesthetics & functionalities in design for the betterment of health in general.
To propagate the need for better toilet standards in both the developed and developing economies of the world.
To provide and promote a community of all toilet associations related organisations and committed individuals to facilitate an exchange of ideas, health and cultural matters.
To collate, publish and disseminate information globally in a timely and viable manner
What is the Great Outhouse Blowout? It started out as a dedication of Penn's Store's new outhouse. Why would anyone celebrate getting an outhouse? Because the store had never had one. The store had no running water or restroom facilities of any kind, just plenty of trees. The store still does not have running water but it does have an outhouse. Some of us thought that was worth celebrating, especially the ladies that stay in the store all day.
The purpose of the races, and the Blowout itself, is to HAVE FUN! The music. The food. The outhouse races. The craft booths. All of it is done for fun. We hope you will join us this year on October 1 at Historic Penn's Store,
257 Penn's Store Road, Gravel Switch, Kentucky. We are nestled in the knob region of Kentucky.
Your ugly bathroom could turn into a relaxing retreat with the help of a glamorous $25,000 makeover from American Standard. Prizes for 2005 take on a vintage theme. The owner of the bathroom judged the ugliest will win a beautiful bathroom remodel including classic vintage styled fixtures from American Standard and complementary design services from nationally recognized interior designer Barbara Schmidt.
Send a 100-word essay explaining why your bathroom needs a makeover, along with a current photograph of the bathroom. Entries must include your address and phone number and can be submitted online or mailed and postmarked to the address below. To enter, send in a picture of your toilet along with the manufacturer name and year it was made (this can be located on the inside of the toilet tank). Entries must include your address and phone number and can be submitted online or mailed and postmarked by November 30, 2005 to:
America’s Ugliest Bathroom Contest;
c/o Carmichael Lynch Spong;
800 Hennepin Avenue;
Minneapolis, MN 55403
The Search Is On For The Next Best Restroom
(Virginia Beach, VA) Nominations are now being accepted for the coveted Cintas America's Best Restroom Award IV. The honor of being named America’s Best Restroom is presented annually to the public restroom that has captured the attention of Internet voters from across the country. Up to 15 finalists will be selected and voted on in early 2005.
NOMINATIONS ARE NOW BEING ACCEPTED. Any restroom in the United States that is open to the public is eligible. Previous Top-5 winners will be eligible for reconsideration after one year.
Eric Plow of Chapel Hill, North Carolina
"Handling maintenance for 60 apartments containing over 100 toilets, toilets are one of my most frequent service calls. One woman would commonly call every couple months complaining her flush was inadequate. A good plunging usually did the trick, but I would also warn her to be careful about what she flushed down the bowl.
When her calls became more frequent and plunging didn't help, I finally removed the toilet. To my amazement, I saw tons of hair spilling out the floor flange. I couldn't seem to remove it with a hand tool, so gritting my teeth, I pulled on a pair of gloves and started pulling, envisioning the stern lecture I was about to give the tenant. I was surprised to find the 'hair' was stiff and brittle. It was merely a tree root, slowly but steadily working its way to a ready source of water. No lecture given after all." (This Fluidmaster contest ended 12-31-04)
Oldest American Standard Toilet Contest
Think your toilet has stood the test of time? American Standard is searching for the oldest American Standard toilet in America. What’s in it for the winner? A virtually maintenance-free toilet from the company’s Champion® series in a choice of vintage, traditional or transitional styles.
To enter, send in a picture of your toilet along with the manufacturer name and year it was made (this can be located on the inside of the toilet tank). Entries must include your address and phone number and can be submitted online or mailed and postmarked by November 30, 2005 to:
America’s Ugliest Bathroom Contest;
c/o Carmichael Lynch Spong;
800 Hennepin Avenue;
Minneapolis, MN 55403
Loo of the Year
Since its introduction in 1987, the annual Loo of the Year Awards competition has helped focus the spotlight on 'away from home' toilets throughout the UK.
The Awards are run independently and promoted by the British Toilet Association, with sponsorship provided by Armitage Shanks, The British Cleaning Council, Cannon Hygiene, SCA Hygiene Products and Technical Concepts - together with the national tourism bodies of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
The Awards have a simple objective, namely, to encourage the highest possible standards in all types of 'away from home' or public toilets.
Everyone has a shared responsibility to make this happen - toilet providers, managers, washroom suppliers, contractors, staff, visitors and customers - all toilet users.
Nominations and Entries for the 2005 Loo of the Year Awards have now closed.
Over 1,000 entries have been received for the 2005 Loo of the Year Awards, from all over the UK – nearly 30% up on last year.
Judging for this year’s competition is now almost completed and results from the team of authorised Inspectors are being analysed.
Grades awarded will be advised to all entrants in early September and the Awards Presentation Ceremony is taking place on Tuesday 27th September at The Waterfront Conference Centre, Belfast at 4.00pm – as part of the 2005 World Toilet Summit.
Loo of the Year Awards 2004
Some funny things are happening in the bathroom ... watch the video clips, vote for your favorite and then see how your selection compares with others.
Awards handed out for wackiest consumer warnings
DETROIT - The sign on the toilet brush says it best: “Do not use for personal hygiene.”
That admonition was the winner of an anti-lawsuit group’s contest for the wackiest consumer warning label of the year.
The sponsor, Michigan Lawsuit Abuse Watch, says the goal is “to reveal how lawsuits, and concern about lawsuits, have created a need for common sense warnings on products.”
The $500 first prize went to Ed Gyetvai, of Oldcastle, Ontario, who submitted the toilet-brush label. A $250 second prize went to Matt Johnson, of Naperville, Ill., for a label on a children’s scooter that said, “This product moves when used.