Great Utah ShakeOut: When toilets don't work during an earthquake

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  • JoeDougherty DEM Salt Lake City, UT
    March 12, 2012 7:48 a.m.

    Hi there, @My2Cents! Nice to hear from you again. The idea is that we expect to get waste management systems up as soon as possible. The plastic waste bags can be thrown in the regular garbage can. Lest we forget, all of us who have used disposable diapers have thrown a whole lot of human waste in the garbage over the years. Sending more through the same channels isn't out of the ordinary. In Davis County, where I live, about 50 percent of the garbage is incinerated anyway.

    Some may want to go the outside latrine route, but many of the women in my neighborhood group, which recently purchased these toilets, said they would be happy to have a toilet of some kind. They would rather not "go" outside.

    Without proper training and planning, I don't know how effective a neighborhood is going to be at setting up a communal latrine. This is why we're urging self sufficiency here. With few large bags of kitty litter and several boxes of garbage bags, a family will be able to take care of waste needs for weeks.

  • My2Cents Taylorsville, UT
    March 12, 2012 6:27 a.m.

    Here we go with the environmental unfriendly plastic bags again. Once you fill a plastic waste bag what are they supposed to do with it? This kind of method will still require an outside disposal by digging a hole every time it gets discarded.

    This idea for individual family toilets is not very well thought out and in emergency's some communal origination should be established in neighborhoods. Sewage and latrines is one amenity that must be accomplished as joint efforts of the survivors.

    I think for city dwellers and apartment units a communal military style latrine is in order where all local residents can relieve themselves. So shovels and fallen fence sections would be put to better use to wall off an open latrine area outside of living quarters.