In case you missed them, here are two of the biggest bathroom-related stories in the news.
- The Mt. Tabor Reservoir in Portland, Oregon, isn’t covered, and it also sits in the middle of a public park. That’s a recipe for trouble. The Portland Water Bureau decided it had to dump 38 millions of water from the reservoir after a 19-year-old was caught peeing into it. To add insult to injury, the man whizzed right in front of a sign that said, “This is your drinking water. Don’t spit, throw, toss anything into it.” While technically one man’s urine isn’t enough to render all that water unusable, the bureau moved forward with the plan. This isn’t the first time PWB has dealt with this issue. In 2011, it had to dump $36,000 worth of water when some other guy peed into a reservoir. In 2008, a nude couple was caught skinny-dipping in one of PWB’s tanks.
- Meanwhile, public pooping continues to be a huge problem in many cities in India. According to one estimate, due to everything from poor education to a lack of public restrooms, half of the nation’s population does their business out in the open—around 500 million people. To combat this problem, UNICEF recently dropped “Mr. Poo.” The mascot appears in a new series of public service announcements and a website that encourages people to, well, you know. Mr. Poo is also the star of his very own music video titled “Poo to the Loo.” In it, a group of people become so frustrated with him and his dancing poopy pals hanging out in the open that they build a gigantic toilet to flush them all into oblivion. Message sent, loud and clear.