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Employee’s Body Pulled From Sewage Pipe

By Sara Jerome
Image credit West Palm Beach FL 1977Image credit: “West Palm Beach FL 1977,” davecito © 2013, used under an Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0) license: licenses/by/2.0/The lifeless body of water employee Herminio Padilla Jr. was pulled from a sewage pipe at the East Central Regional Water Reclamation Facility in West Palm Beach on Sunday. His son, Stephen Padilla, explained how his father was found, per WPBF. “(Investigators) saw the grate was missing,” he said, per the report. “They could only conclude the grate sort of became unlatched and went with him in the water and dumped him in there.”

He explained that “divers found his dad’s body in a pipe nearly 18 hours after he plummeted into an open tank of sewage,” the report said.

India launches national monitoring of toilet use

By Cor Dietvorst
Government of India GoIImage: Government of India (GoI)How does India’s new large-scale sanitation monitoring effort compare with similar initiatives in Bangladesh and Indonesia?

According to some media the Indian government has unleashed “toilet police” or “toilet gestapo” into the country. In fact, the central government has instructed local officials to take photographs of new toilets to prove that they have not only been constructed but are also being used. If states don’t upload photos by February 2015, the water and sanitation ministry has threatened to withhold funding from a new national sanitation programme.

Treat your sanitation workers well

By Cor Dietvorst
There are two contrasting stories this week on the treatment of sanitation workers: in China a local restaurant treats 180 sanitation workers to a free lunch, while in Gaza sanitation workers who have received no pay for six months go on strike.

More than 180 sanitation workers in Chengdu, Sichuan province enjoyed a free lunch courtesy of a local hotpot restaurant. Photo:

First World Soil Day

First World Soil DayOn December 5th, the first official celebration and the launch of the International Year of Soil take splice.

Soil, together with water, is the basis for food, feed, fuel and fibre production and for services to ecosystems and human well-being. The achievement of food security and nutrition, climate change adaptation and mitigation and overall sustainable development greatly depends on the condition of soils at local and global levels. A healthy life is not possible without healthy soils.

Unilever to launch world’s first Toilet Academy in Vietnam
First Domestos Toilet Academy opened in Vietnam

toilet acadameyUnilever is also pioneering an innovative approach to theprovision of sanitation, through its continued partnershipwith the World Toilet Organization, to launch the world’sfirst Domestos Toilet Academy in Vietnam. This academywill provide the business skills and training necessary forlocal entrepreneurs to source and supply latrines to their localcommunities – providing jobs and a boost to the economy,and at the same time promoting the importance of safe andhygienic sanitation.

The Toilet Academy programme aimsto be a sustainable and long-term solution to sanitation thatbenefits local society and helps stimulate local economy.




Current Issue: Africa Water & Sanitation & Hygiene March-April 2017 Vol.12 No.2