Sanitation. We all know about it, but no one really wants to talk about it. We eat, we use the energy, we excrete the wastes. “Ewwww gross”, trust me, I have children, I am painfully aware that this is gross. We really need to discuss our Grid Down Sanitation Plan.
Grid Down Sanitation Plan
How will city and suburb dwellers contain this tide of human offal? I’m sure outhouses will become all the rage again for those with yards, but what about the scores of apartment and condo inhabitants? There are a serious number of people in a small amount of square footage.
There are portable camp toilets and 5 gallon buckets tricked out with toilet seats make for a portable, indoor potty, but it will fill up eventually. Where will they empty these delightful packages of poo?
I am assuming the lazy folk will dump them out windows or from balconies, leading to hygiene and health woes below and in the surrounding areas. Imagine parking lots and common areas full of human waste, then the rain comes.
“Oh good, the rain will cleanse this mess”, you think to yourself.
Ah, No! The rain will wash this waste into our waterways and into surrounding areas. Delivering diseases and pathogens to the rest of us.
There must be a large common waste pit, far far from drinkable and potable water. Now this might not be the best idea, but it’s the only one I have for now.
Urination Grid Down Sanitation Plan
If you are like most men, then you tend to pee anyplace that you think no one can see you. There is a rule of thumb though.
- Urinating should occur a minimum of 200 feet (300 feet is much better) from water sources, campsites, and trails.
- For Urine, digging a pit is optional for small groups of people. Large groups should dig a pit or slit trench.
Poo (the big #2) Grid Down Sanitation Plan
Dig and Bury are the key to healthy happy decomposition of human excrement.
Digging a cat hole and burying feces is a very common waste disposal method in places with no restroom facilities (think campsites).
- Dig your cat holes 6-8 inches deep and minimum of 200 feet (300 feet is much better) from water sources, campsites, and trails. The cat hole should also be about 6 inches in diameter. This size hole will be easy to bury when your business is done.
- Choose a location and dig your cat hole in a spot that seems to be nice rich soil.
- Choose a location and dig your cat hole in a spot that has decaying wood (downed trees, dead stumps) and/or nice thick brushy areas.
A small garden shovel (or trowel) should be a part of your bug out bag gear or hiking gear. If you can find a trowel with a blade just over 6 inches it makes it much easier to determine the depth and width measurements of your cat hole when digging.
The nice thing about cat holes are that they are easy to disguise afterward, so no one knows you were there. They also disperse waste, enhancing decomposition.
I really don’t mind doing my business outside, I just really want to be reassured that someone brought some toilet paper for my tushy!
If you plan to bug-in, then your Grid Down Sanitation plan can be to go old-school, and dig an outhouse in your back yard. I think I will too, because that’s how I roll!
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