World Toilet Day, November 19th

Did you know that the advent of the toilet has saved more lives than any other invention in history? That’s right – more than seat belts, vaccinations or any medical device, modern sanitation has improved women’s equality, living conditions, health and even economies!

Let’s pause to consider for a moment, however, what would the world be like without toilets?

Of all of the modern conveniences that we have, the toilet may be the most significant simply because of the impact it has on our health and well-being.

The Plumber Protects the Health of the NationSanitation is so important to us that the plumbing manufacturer American-Standard commissioned this iconic poster in the 1930’s to honor the plumber and his work protecting the nation’s health.

World Toilet Day 2014 Thank You ToiletFurthermore, American-Standard’s own Professor Toilet is sponsoring and promoting a Thank You Toilet Contest in recognition of World Toilet Day!  For the second consecutive year, American-Standard is again making an ode to the commode by awarding a deserving organization or individual with Thank You Toilets & $200 USD per toilet (to be used towards installation) for their home, school or other facility. The winner will be announced on World Toilet Day, November 19th! 

By and large, our sanitation conditions in this country are the envy of the world. A large part of that is attributable to the flush toilet. You don’t believe that? Just take a look around the world. There is a demonstrable relationship between the level of sanitation and the health of a nation. In many countries the world over, water-borne disease is rampant. Major inroads can be made just by improving sanitation. And one of the greatest ways to improve that is by providing flush toilets and working sanitary sewer systems.

In an age when fresh, potable water resources are becoming more scarce, improving human waste sanitation is a key ingredient to reducing water contamination and pollution that lead to a host of illnesses that would otherwise typically be preventable. Water-borne illnesses and diseases such as cholera, diarrhea, giardiasis, salmonella, and typhoid are just a few of the common water-borne illnesses that exist because of poor sanitation. These diseases especially hit the elderly and young children with a vengeance.

To that end, the World Toilet Organization was founded World Toilet Dayin 2001. In 2001 the WTO declared November 19th as World Toilet Day (WTD). It was created to raise global awareness of the struggle 2.6 billion face every day without access to proper, clean sanitation. WTD also brings to the forefront the health, emotional and psychological consequences the poor endure as a result of inadequate sanitation.  Thanks to American-Standard, more resources and attention are being brought to bear on this important initiative.

In celebration of World Toilet Day, and in the interests of promoting sanitation, and conserving water, check to see that yours is operating properly. If it is leaking, ‘running through’, or it uses more than 1.6 gallons when you flush it, consider having it repaired or replaced.

Contact Brubaker Inc. to have any necessary repairs to or replacement of your toilet done today at 717.299.5641 or email us.


See also: So who invented the toilet that we know today?


1. World Toilet Organization website
2. ‘World Toilet Day, November 19th’ Gary White, The Huffington Post, November 15th, 2012
3. ‘Global Water, Sanitation, & Hygiene (WASH)’ The Internet Drug Index
4. ‘A tour of loos from across the globe for World Toilet Day’ Giorgio DeFaveri, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, November 18, 2011
5. ‘Celebrate World Toilet Day 2014 with the Thank You Toilet Contest!’ Professor Toilet, the American Standard expert on bath and kitchen plumbing products