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1.6 Million Americans Don't Have Indoor Plumbing. Here's Where They Live (INTERACTIVE MAP INCLUDED)

Society & Culture  (tags: Americans, census questions, indoor plumbing, rural areas, government, interesting, humans )

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Looking beyond the present day, it's worth remembering that indoor plumbing is a fairly new development for many communities. In 1950 fully one quarter of U.S. households did not have a flush toilet --

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Lone F (67)
Wednesday April 23, 2014, 4:45 pm
Noted! Thanks Carrie!

Yvonne White (229)
Wednesday April 23, 2014, 5:25 pm
"the era of outhouses is well within living memory for many Americans", certainly in my memory! We had indoor water, but not an indoor bathroom until 1968. More than half of our tiny town had outhouses. Indoor bathroom was the best thing about moving to Salem, IL. But,I knew people who had no running water, drew it from a well or artesian spring into the 1970's.

Fiona O (565)
Wednesday April 23, 2014, 6:05 pm
Some of the people that do not have plumbing are victims of Hurricane Katrina. Yep, all of the way back in the George Bush era. FEMA is still working in their case as slow as possible. What we call disaster assistance in the US is a very sad state of affairs.

Elizabeth M (65)
Wednesday April 23, 2014, 6:44 pm
Noted with thanks Carrie.
We had all indoor plumbing in Calgary in the middle 30's I believe,but many farming areas had outhouses when I was a kid, and my hubby was one of them in Northern Alberta. I am not surprised at the Native Americans not all having all the facilities, the way in which they have been treated - let's face it they were recipients of land being taken from under their feet.

Terry King (113)
Wednesday April 23, 2014, 6:46 pm
I'm surprised at the numbers in California.

Past Member (0)
Wednesday April 23, 2014, 7:51 pm
Interesting. II believe some people just don't want it bad enough+others are shacks in the wildness. Thx Carrie

Laurie H (817)
Wednesday April 23, 2014, 8:28 pm
Thank you for this share Carrie. I can recall as a child my family went to a mountain cabin in the woods vacation & to my mom's surprise---there was an outhouse & NO Heat or HOT WATER! My brother was a baby in diapers!! I do remember this well & we ALL ended up getting sick and couldn't wait to go home.~

Patrick D (344)
Wednesday April 23, 2014, 8:28 pm
Thank you for the heads up. This is important information on what the US needs to do - now!

Edith B (146)
Wednesday April 23, 2014, 9:09 pm
I was seven years old when we moved to a house with an indoor toilet. We always had running water in our houses, but that was the first time I had the luxury of not going outside. I was sad to see the graphic and realize that so many in our country still don't have in door plumbing. And I don't believe it is because they don't want it, but because they can't afford it.i

Brenda P (125)
Wednesday April 23, 2014, 9:21 pm
noted shared and so thankful for indoor plumbing ;)

Gloria picchetti (304)
Wednesday April 23, 2014, 10:00 pm
In 1970 we rented a place outside Santa Fe that had an outhouse. We only stayed the winter.

Carole K (195)
Wednesday April 23, 2014, 10:29 pm
Noted. Interesting data from US census. I had no idea that this remains such a pervasive lack in human living condition standards in this day & age in the so-called "one of the richest nation's in the world". I was a teen-ager before my family finally had running water & indoor toilet both. Don't be so complacent & take these amenities for granted, Folks, as these voids in living standards affect the health & welfare of the entire nation. These places are no doubt pockets of extreme poverty marked w/waving red flags. I would be in favor of having local, state & federal tax dollars going to eradicate this societal disgrace as a public health issue; & no one should have to live w/o access to facilities for basic hygiene. There should be subsidies & grants such as were legislated to build infrastructure for electricity through the REA available to anyone who wants & needs clean running water, toilet & sewage disposal. But then, I'm a bleeding heart liberal who believes wealth should be extended & shared rather than hoarded & off-shored. It's also pretty obvious to me why (G)reedy (O)bstructionist (P)lutocrats object to having these questions included in the census data; bc their take is that fellow citizens living in such conditions are totally ignorant, lazy & unmotivated to work. Eye-opening article, TY, Carrie!

Birgit W (160)
Thursday April 24, 2014, 4:34 am
I guess we take too many things just for granted. Thanks for sharing.

Vallee R (280)
Thursday April 24, 2014, 7:51 am
I know people in New Mexico that don't have indoor plumbing and recently I lied off the grid - and I hauled water and we had no indoor plumbing - but for many it is NOT a choice - they just can't afford it! Thanks Carrie

Past Member (0)
Thursday April 24, 2014, 10:17 am
Noted, so much for modern times. I can see where some places are so far remote it isn't an option but for some it is because of poverty and the government hasn't a clue.

Sheryl G (363)
Thursday April 24, 2014, 3:48 pm
More than 2.5 billion people around the world live without access to a toilet and instead go No. 2 outdoors, leading to 1.2 million deaths per year and entire river systems that are now dead due to it.

Even across the USA, our water and sanitation infrastructure is extremely old, and poses a health hazard for those who even have indoor plumbing. Think of the jobs we could create to fix the existing problems as well as install plumbing for those who do not have any.

This is an excellent video that another C2 member placed on the news. It also has a petition with it for US citizens; which states: Urge Congress to follow the guidelines of the National Research Council and the EPA, and fund necessary repairs to ensure we have safe drinking water and healthy structural systems.
Fund Necessary Repairs to Ensure Safe Drinking Water

Mary T (358)
Thursday April 24, 2014, 9:04 pm
Thank you Carrie for the article. my great Uncle didnt have indoor plumbing until the early 80s. Was scared to use the out house the first time I visited his farm.

Rae Nelson (47)
Friday April 25, 2014, 8:05 am
Noted- thank you for my indoor plumbing and the clean water, too!

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