Love your loo
Between 2013 and 2017, Unitywater will invest approximately $500 million to upgrade and maintain this vital sewerage infrastructure, helping to protect our way of life, our health and our environment.
But everyone has a role to play in healthy sanitation. Modern sanitation systems simply cannot work when the wrong things are put down the toilet, the sink or the drain.
Where would you be without a loo?
Around 2.3 billion people in the world, don’t have access to a safe, clean toilet. That means 40% of the world’s population are disposing of their waste in open spaces, contaminating water, food sources and living spaces.
While we may take our humble loo for granted, without it millions of people suffer from infectious diseases, polluted environments and unhealthy waterways.
The flush toilet has been heralded as saving more lives than any other invention. In the UK, the expansion of toilets in the 1880s contributed to a 15 year increase in life expectancy over the following four decades (Source: WaterAid).
Loving your loo
Only human waste, waste water or toilet paper should ever be flushed down the loo. Anything else can block sewerage pipes and lead to overflows into the environment.
If unsuitable items do make it to the sewage treatment plant, they reduce treatment efficiency, affecting the costs of sewage treatment and potentially the health of waterways.
Download: Love your Loo brochure (PDF)