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Challenge to make the best alternative toilet in an emergency

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Groups from past and present Greenest Neighbourhood competitions will compete against each other on Sunday to find out who can construct the best alternative toilet for use in a civil defence emergency.

"Maintaining good hygiene following an emergency event when infrastructure such as water and sewage, have been damaged is absolutely vital," says Emergency Management Advisor for the Kapiti Coast, Scott Dray, who came up with the ‘Pimp my long drop’ challenge.

"Sickness and disease as a result of a disaster is one of the biggest barriers toward a community’s recovery, but it’s often the last thing many people prepare for.

"One of the most important things households need to think about is how they will manage their number ones and twos when their toilet is no longer working. There are some simple and easy ways to make an alternative toilet using buckets, making a long drop or a compost toilet system."

The Mayor, some other judges and Council staff organising the event will be at the challenge this weekend in Campbell Park, Paekakariki. Matt King of GreenEarth will also be present with his emergency composting toilet, an option for those who prefer something less rustic. Participants will be judged on construction/usability, creativity, and class and style of their toilet. They are restricted to materials collected from their homes, reflecting what would be available to them in a real-life emergency.

To find out how you can construct a toilet in an emergency, come along to the challenge this Sunday 25 August from 2pm - 4pm. Instructions are also available at

Kapiti Coast’s Greenest Neighbourhood 2013/14 is a Council initiative. The competition brings groups of neighbours together over nine months to reduce their environmental impact, increase resilience and build connections in their community. This year’s entrants are Ames Street, Paekakariki; Reikorangi, Waikanae; and Waimeha Lagoon, Waikanae Beach. For more information, see

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