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One improvised toilet comprised of a wooden frame with a white plastic toilet seat and lid attached with screws and tape; underneath is a red Lifestyle brand 9.6 litre plastic bucket. Example of the portable toilet designed to be distributed by the Christchurch City Council following the 22 February 2011 earthquake.
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One common problem experienced by the people of Christchurch in the aftermath of all the significant Canterbury earthquakes was the inability to use conventional toilet facilities because of damage to the city’s sewerage system. This item demonstrates one solution to the problem, which was to place a toilet seat on a wooden frame over a plastic bag lined bucket. This particular example was designed by the Christchurch City Council, but never distributed as it was developed after chemical toilets and port-a-loos had been allocated to affected areas. Surplus products of these toilets have since been donated to Scouts New Zealand for their continued use.


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