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Association Insight, August 5, 2020

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ASSOCIATIONINSIGHT Portable Sanitation Association International News BIWEEKLY EDITION AUGUST 5, 2020 Page 27 Lunar Toilet Challenge A Thomas Industry Update presented its take on NASA's Lunar Loo challenge with a two-minute video that explains the contest and the background of space toileting issues. The move to crowd sourcing is an attempt to help space engineers "think outside the box" and make vast improvements to the system that put Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin into "glorified space diapers" for their lunar stroll in 1969. To learn more, click here. Note: The PSAI is committed to bringing industry news to its Members. It creates original content and aggregates news from other sources. Unless otherwise stated in organizational documents or in Association Insight newsletters, the PSAI does not have or take a position on the content of news items from other sources. County Fails to Seek COVID Help Employers in an agricultural county in Oregon have been stressed by costs related to housing, sanitation, and transportation restrictions enacted due to COVID-19, but only one has sought help from a program designed to offset such costs. The state requires, for example, that the number of toilet and hand washing units be doubled to help create social distancing. Some say they've paid $5,000 for portable toilets and $1,000/week for supplies. Read the full story here. Portable Hand Washing in Rwanda When COVID-19 hit, a manufacturer in Rwanda deployed masses of portable sinks—an action that sparked a commendation from the World Health Organization. Once demand outstripped supply, however, the country turned to another manufacturer. Rwanda was better prepared for COVID-19 due to its experience with the Ebola outbreak in Congo. They take hygiene very seriously! Read the full story here. Michigan's Toilet to Table Exchange Waste that humans generate has to go somewhere. In Michigan, and other states, sewage (along with industrial waste) is sent to water treatment plants. The plants separate and clean the liquids (and return them to nearby lakes or rivers), and what's left over is a sewage sludge. Farmers have used the sludge, known as biosolids, for fertilizer, but experts are raising flags about high levels of toxins in biosolids that may leech into groundwater and harm human and animal health. Read the full story here.

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