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Sanitation in the City: How to Make a Kitty Litter Toilet When You Can't Flush

• Organic Prepper - Daisy Luther

What do you do during an emergency when the toilet won't flush? If you're prepped for it, you can easily make a kitty litter toilet with very limited supplies. Read on for instructions and city sanitation motivation.

Did you ever stop to put some thought into the glorious flushing power of your toilet? It's one of those things we in modern society take for granted. We use the restroom, then we flush, wash our hands, and forget it.

But during extreme scenarios, this isn't always so easy. When researching my book, The Prepper's Water Survival Guide, I spent a lot of time reading about water, sanitation, and waterborne illness. These issues are all closely linked, and it's vital to find solutions.

If you're on a septic system, you have a safe place for your waste to go during most types of disasters, assuming you have additional water on hand for flushing.

But, in the city, on a public sewer system, there exists the possibility that a situation could arise during which flushing is not an option. Do you remember during the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy when residents of high-rise apartment buildings couldn't flush because the city water system was down?  There were numerous reports that people were so desperate that they were defecating in the hallways.  They quoted a resident of a senior apartment complex, Anna Hay, who said, "They can't go upstairs to go to the bathrooms. Where are they going to go? They're walking all around for a place to go. There's nowhere to go in this area." (source)

With some very small and inexpensive preparations, it doesn't have to come down to that. Just having a portable toilet is not enough for good hygiene and safety. If you live in an urban area, going outside to do your business may not be an option. You have to figure out a way to take care of this indoors while maintaining the health of your environment.