What is a toilet?
A: A toilet is a piece of sanitary hardware that collects human urine and feces, and sometimes toilet paper for disposal.
Toilets can be designed for a sitting position popular
in Europe and North America or for a what?
A: A squatting posture more popular in Asia.
In urban areas, flush toilets are usually connected to
A: A sewer system that leads to septic tanks in isolated areas.
The waste is known as what?
A: Black water and the combined effluent including other sources is sewage.
Dry toilets are connected to a what?
A: A pit, removable container, composting chamber, or other storage and treatment device.
Toilets are commonly made of what?
A: Ceramic (porcelain), concrete, plastic, or wood.
Newer toilet technologies include what?
A: Dual flushing, low flushing, toilet seat warming, self-cleaning, female urinals and waterless urinals.
Japan is known for its what?
A: Toilet technology.
Airplane toilets are specially designed to do what?
A: Operate while in the air.
The need to maintain anal hygiene post-defecation is
A: Universally recognized and toilet paper is widely used (as well as bidets).
In private homes, depending on the region and style,
the toilet may exist where?
A: In the same bathroom as the sink, bath, and shower.
What is another option?
A: To have one room for body washing (also called "bathroom") and a separate one for the toilet and handwashing sink (toilet room).
Products like urinal blocks and toilet blocks help do
A: Maintain the smell and cleanliness of toilets.
Portable toilets (frequently chemical "porta johns")
may be brought in for what?
A: Large and temporary gatherings.
Many poor households in developing countries use very
basic, and often unhygienic, toilets - and nearly one billion people have
A: No access to a toilet at all; they must openly defecate and urinate.
These issues can lead to the spread of what?
A: Diseases transmitted via the fecal-oral route, or the transmission of waterborne diseases such as cholera and diarrhea.