World Toilet Day Exibit Showcases Creativity & Activism: November 17

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  • Posted November 10, 2011
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World Toilet Day Exibit Showcases Creativity & Activism: November 17

In honor of World Toilet Day 2011, the Narragansett Bay Commission will host an exhibit of “artistically enhanced” toilet seats at Firehouse 13, 41 Central Street, Providence. The exhibit of over 70 pieces of student artwork is on display from November 15 through 20, and a World Toilet Day reception is planned at the Firehouse 13 gallery on Thursday, November 17 from 5 – 7 p.m. The exhibit and reception are open to the public.

“Our local students have contributed their talents to help us share the message that clean water is important,” said NBC Chairman Vincent Mesolella. “We’re very lucky in our communities to have access to reliable sanitation and safe drinking water; many places in the world struggle to provide these seemingly basic services.”

What’s World Toilet Day? On November 19, people all over the world will celebrate one of our most humble yet necessary tools: the toilet.

Did you know…

  • Toilets were used as early as 3100 BC and flush toilets were used throughout the Roman Empire?
  • That The Lancet , a British medical journal, called the toilet the most important health innovation of the last 150 years?
  • That Rhode Island was one of the first places in America to build a facility to take dirty water and make it clean?
  • That the Narragansett Bay Commission’s two wastewater treatment facilities---Bucklin Point in East Providence and Field’s Point in Providence---treat an average of 32 BILLION gallons of sewage each year and are considered among the best facilities in the nation?

     

    But still…

    ·         EVERY DAY, nearly 6,000 people who share our planet, especially in developing countries in Africa, Asia, and Latin America, die from water-related illnesses, and the vast majority are children, because of lack of access to proper toilets and sewage treatment.

     

     

    The  Narragansett Bay Commission’s World Toilet Day exhibit brings together artistic expression, environmental stewardship, and social awareness. For more information about the exhibit call 401-461-8848. To learn more World Toilet Day and the global sanitation crisis, visit http://www.worldtoilet.org/WTD/ .