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Join VVWRA for World Toilet Day!

with a chance to win a free Ipod Touch

November 19th is W orld Toilet Day, created to reco gnize the 2.6 billion people with out access to adequate sanitation. This leads to waterbo rne diseases such as ac ute diarrhea, which alon e kills one child every 14 second s. To raise awareness, the Victor Valley Wastewater Reclamation Author ity is encouraging resident s to become a fan of the agencys Facebook page and, on November 19th, parti cipate in the Big Squat. Take a picture of yo urself, or your friends and fam ily in a squatting position an d post it on our Facebook pa ge. The most creative post w ill win an Ipod Touch. Remem ber this is to raise awareness for a serious issue. For m ore information go to TD/.

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If an episode of diarrhea lasts less than 14 days, it is acute diarrhea. Acute watery diarrhea causes dehydration and contributes to malnutrition. The death of a child with acute diarrhea is usually due to dehydration. 2.2 million children under the age of 5 die from diarrhea every year. Thats 1 child dying every 14 seconds. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. NOW Lack of sanitation is the worlds biggest cause of infection. Of the 60 million people added to the worlds towns and cities every year, most occupy impoverished slums and shanty-towns with no sanitation facilities. 88% of cases of diarrhea worldwide are attributable to unsafe water, inadequate sanitation or insufficient hygiene. 90% of all deaths caused by diarrheal diseases are children under 5 years of age, mostly in developing countries. At any given time, half of the worlds hospital beds are occupied by patients suffering from diseases associated with lack of access to safe drinking water, inadequate sanitation and poor hygiene. The majority of the illness in the world is caused by fecal matter. Almost one-tenth of the global disease burden could be prevented by improving water supply, sanitation, hygiene and management of water resources. Such improvements reduce child mortality and improve health and nutritional status in a sustainable way. It is estimated that improved sanitation facilities could reduce diarrhea-related deaths in young children by more than one-third. If hygiene promotion is added, such as teaching proper hand washing, deaths could be reduced by two thirds. It would also help accelerate economic and social development in countries where sanitation is a major cause of lost work and school days because of illness.

Rules and Regulations: All pictures must be appropriate and meet Facebooks statement of rights and responsibilities. All pictures must be appropriate and respectful. Only one post per fan can be considered for the contest. Despite the number of people in the photograph, only the owner of the prole that posts the picture will be eligible to win the prize. Only picture posted on November 19th will be eligible. The winner must reside within the High Desert Area. For more information continue to check our Facebook page or contact Ryan Orr at