Emergency sanitation

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In some emergency situations the water supply may be cut off, or water and sewage lines may be damaged, and you may need to use improvised emergency toilets.


How to make an emergency toilet

  • Use watertight containers such as a rubbish bin or bucket, with a snug-fitting cover.
  • If the container is small, keep a large container with a snug-fitting cover for waste disposal.
  • Line bins with plastic bags if possible.
  • Pour or sprinkle a small amount of regular household disinfectant such as chlorine bleach into the container each time the toilet is used to reduce odour and germs. Keep the toilet covered.