|Since water and sewage rely on electrically-driven pumps to get them into office blocks and towers, these services often aren't available either. What little power is available is being used by emergency and civil services as far as possible, with other services like traffic lights being run if there's anything to spare. Many office blocks have no power, water, or sewage services available. Combine the lack of sanitation with abscence of airconditioning and you can imagine what conditions are like in parts of these buildings.|
|People in general are not smart. Rather than try and conserve or make a plan once the water stopped flowing, they would flush their toilets. Without power from the force of water pressure the tank doesn't refill. The domino effect is not only gross but staggering, what human beings that have never lived beyond modern conveniences will do is unimaginable. What I researched and wrote about blew my own mind...when people were actually confronted with such a situation, they went where ever they could - they filled the toilet, the toilet tank, the tub, the shower, the sink - when the bathrooms became uninhabitable, they went in corners, boxes, bags, closets...most however left by the time they were using the tub. Guess how long that took? That's right, three days!.|
How to Dispose of Human Waste in a Grid-Down Situation
If You Have a Septic System
How to Flush without Running Water
To flush, you can fill up the back tank until the water reaches the float and then hit the flush lever, or...
If you have a big enough bucket (at least 2 gallons), quickly pour the bucket of water directly in the bowl which...
will trigger the siphoning action and cause it to flush on it's own.
If you are on Town/City Sewer Lines
Make sure the sewer main is not down!
Non-Water Dependant Methods of Waste Disposal
Waste Disposal in a Rural Area
The Cat Hole
The Trench Latrine
Waste Disposal in a City
Use Your Existing Toilet
|First, remove as much water as you can from the bowl.|
|Second, tape a doubled-up trash bag to the underside of the toilet seat and let the bag fill the cavity of the bowl.|
|Have a pail of wood ash, quicklime, kitty litter or sawdust available so that after each duty is done, the offender can sprinkle a liberal amount over it. This will keep the stench down.|
|Finally, when the bag is filled up 2/3 the volume of the bowl, add a good amount of quicklime, wood ash or other disinfectant. If you do not have any of these things, you can use dirt with a little bit of a chlorine solution sprayed in it. After the addition of the disinfectant, securely tie up the bag and place it in a temporary, sealable container (like a 5-gallon bucket or trash container). Keep it in there until you can find a good time and place to dispose of it.|