PSAI Announces World Portable Sanitation Day
Click here to read the press release announcing the 2nd Annual World Portable Sanitation Day on August 15, 2015!
2.4 billion people lack access to adequate sanitation
The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that 2.4 billion people globally – about a third of the world’s population – lack access to adequate sanitation. Of them, 946 million defecate in the open.* Additionally, between 2003 and 2012, an average of 216 million people were affected annually by natural disasters,** often resulting in compromised sanitation for individuals and communities.
August 15, 2014 marked the inaugural celebration of WPSD, and kicked off an ongoing campaign to raise awareness and promote change by engaging people all over the world in expanding access to sustainable sanitation. Over time, it is the goal of WPSD to transform their interest and ingenuity into local solutions that prevent the spread of disease, save water, and improve the quality of life.
PSAI company Members celebrated World Portable Sanitation Day with a series of activities to be announced in each local market. They engaged non-profit stakeholders and the media in helping to educate their communities and to better understand how options such as portable sanitation – estimated to save 125 million gallons of fresh water daily – can be part of a sustainable global sanitation solution.
Click here for the WPSD Toolkit. It’s not too early to start planning for WPSD 2015!
Click here to read the July 2014 edition of Association Insight – with updated information on what Member companies planned for WPSD, and how they worked hard to promote WPSD to the public!
About the logo
The World Portable Sanitation Day (WPSD) logo symbolizes the vital relationships between people, the environment and portable sanitation through the use of a human face, portable restroom and the colors blue, green and white. The face represents humanity, all of whom can benefit from adequate sanitation. The portable restroom symbolizes dignity and safety, two primary needs of every person. The colors blue, green and white represent a clean, healthy environment that is the result of the proper sanitary conditions and also symbolize a connection to the Portable Sanitation Association International (PSAI), an organization dedicated to preservation and protection of human health.
WPSD and the Education Initiative
WPSD is a project within the PSAI’s Education Initiative (EI), which focuses on highlighting the importance of sanitation in daily living, the lack of adequate sanitation in developing countries, and the valuable role portable sanitation can play in helping to address global issues.