What will you do if your toilet stops flushing and you can’t get anyone to take your garbage away? If an emergency causes your toilets or garbage service to stop working you MUST find a way to safely dispose of the human waste (sewage) and garbage yourself. If you don’t, you will soon be spending most of your time and energy treating sick
people, including yourself.
The three most important things to do are:
1. Bury or store all garbage and human waste at least 100 feet away from water wells or open water.
2. Keep flies, roaches and animals out of the sewage and garbage;
3. Wash or clean your hands whenever you handle something dirty and BEFORE you handle anything that you will be putting into your mouth or someone else’s mouth. 👈🏻 😜
Different toilet types:
TOILETS #1 – If the toilet bowl and seat in your home are still usable (not wrecked) scrub the bowl clean using one part of laundry bleach to ten parts of water (10:1). When clean, drain the bowl and dry it. Line the bowl with a plastic or paper bag. Line the inside
of the first bag with a sturdy plastic bag and lay the toilet seat on it to keep it open. Use the toilet as you normally do. After every use, sprinkle the waste with the bleach/water solution
mentioned above or cover it with a layer of sawdust, wood shavings, lime, dry dirt, grass clippings, etc. Limiting the liquids that go into the bowl will make it easier to change the
bags. When the bag is full or you can’t stand the smell anymore, carefully tie the top of the bag tightly closed, remove it and replace with another bag. Dispose of the waste using the instructions below.
#2 – If your toilet bowl is not usable, use a five gallon bucket, wooden box or some other
container sturdy enough to sit on. Sit the seat from your toilet on the bucket or make one
from layers of heavy cardboard glued together, two boards laid across the top with a gap
between them or cut a seat from plywood. Line with bags as outlined in #1 above. Dispose
of the full bags using the instructions below.
#3 – If the emergency will only last for a day or two, you can use “cat holes” outside.
These are small, one-time personal use holes you dig in the ground and squat over. The
hole should be deep enough to cover your waste at least six inches deep when filled. Do
not do this any closer than 100 feet from open water or water wells or the germs in the
sewage will get into the water.
#4 – If the emergency will last more than a week and your toilet or bucket commode no
longer will do the job you need to make a latrine. Use a shovel or post-hole diggers to dig a
pit four to six feet deep and about one foot wide. Place a bucket, box, barrel or anything
with a hole in it that you can sit on over the pit. Whatever you use must cover the pit
tightly so that flies cannot get in while no one is using it. The seat and box must be cleaned
regularly with the bleach water solution mentioned above and kept tightly covered when not
in use. When the pit fills to within eighteen inches of the top, fill the hole in with clean dirt
and mound it over. Cover the mound to keep animals from digging it up.
DISPOSING OF WASTES: All wastes must be buried no closer than 100 feet from the
nearest open water or water well or the germs will get into the water. Buried wastes must
be covered with at least eighteen inches of dirt and protected from animals digging it up.