Nov. 19 is World Toilet Day, an internationally recognized day dedicated to raising awareness and inspiring action to deal with the global sanitation crisis. This year’s observance focuses on toilets and jobs, and the impact of sanitation — or the lack of sanitation — on people around the world.

Most of us don’t think twice about our toilets (until we have to clean them). But in reality, people all over the world don’t have access to one. And believe it or not, toilets play a crucial role in creating a strong economy. Access to water, sanitation and hygiene can allow economies to grow faster. Approximately $260 billion is lost each year to the effects of poor sanitation and unsafe water. And 2.4 billion people around the globe don’t have access.

3 reasons why the toilet is more than a place to read the newspaper, according to the United Nations and Global Citizen.  

  1. Every dollar invested in water and sanitation leads to $4 in economic returns.
  2. Widespread access to toilets can help increase GDP by 7.2%.
  3. Almost half of the world’s workers are employed in water-related sectors and nearly all jobs depend on water and people who ensure its safe delivery. Thus, more toilets = more jobs. Delegates from around the world have made is their mission to give everyone access to clean sanitation by 2030. Over 70,000 household toilets have been installed and over 350,000 people have gained improved access to a toilet in India alone since 2015.

Here at Uponor engineering, selling and writing about PEX plumbing systems is part of the job. Our work lives revolve around Uponor PEX, ProPEX® fittings, manifolds and accessories, but having access to toilets and indoor plumbing is something we take for granted. Toilets are part of our world, but for so many it is not.

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