Toilet day is commemorated around the world on the 19th November. However, Samoa will support this celebration and have decided to celebrate Toilet Day on the 21st November. This year’s celebration took place at Convention Centre, TATTE Building from 9:30am to 1:30. Honorable Prime Minister delivered a keynote address which he highlighted on Samoa’s movement towards improving the uses of wastes in terms of treated waste waters and for Renewable Energy sources.
Shortly after, the public witnessed the official launching of 3 projects:
- Aopo Nature Loo Project
- Garden Toilet Projects
- Vaitele Biogas Project
These projects are to increase awareness on the importance of proper waste management and waste disposal within the communities.
Also during today’s event, the public were fortunate to listen from presenters who had done research studies in ways to improve lifestyle with regards to wastes, waste water and water quality. These studies were done by;
- Tuifuisa’a Dr. Patila Malua-Amosa (NUS), who had presented on “Profiling the Chemical and Microbiological composition of the Vaisigano and Fuluasou rivers.”
- Margaret Rimoni-Yoshida (Pacific Applied Science Consult), who had presented on “Environmental Impact Assesment.”
- Rupert Craggs (NIWA), who had presented on “Development of the National Effluent Standards.”
- Anna Aiolupotea, who had presented on “Engineering design of Septic Tanks and Wastewater Systems suitable for high water table areas, flood vulnerable and costal areas.”
- Malama Jasmine Siamomua (Think Environment Consult), who had presented on “Environmental Assesment Survey of Diarrhoeea and Gastroenteritis in villages in the Apia Urban Area (AUA) AND North West Upolu (NWU)”
- Emil Adamas (Sanjoe Consultancies), who presented on “Unreported health issues and sanitation assessment across the IWS network.”
Today’s event was a successful one for the organizers and it had benefitted the participants to learn and capture the importance of these research work towards the improvement of livelihoods for all communities of Samoa through the services provided by the Government Agencies and its supporting private sectors.