You’ve probably heard of towns and cities being twinned with municipalities across the globe, but Penwortham Town Council has taken the idea a step further.
Bosses at the authority have decided to spend a penny – or 6,000 to be correct – going flush to flush with latrines in Nepal by joining a toilet twinning initiative.
Now they’re encouraging other organisations and even home owners to get on board, to help third world countries establish new sanitary provisions.
Steve Caswell, town manager, said: “We worked for about 12 months to refurbish our toilets at the centre, and we managed to complete the work thanks to a variety of grant sources worth £15,000.
“We thought we should do something to celebrate and had heard of the Toilet Twinning scheme for third world countries. We chose to to be twinned with toilets in Nepal after hearing on the news about the earthquakes which have devestated the country recently.”
The council paid £60 to twin one of their toilets with one in the Surkhet district, and Penwortham Free Methodist Church paid £60 for another latrine in Kathmandu, Nepal’s badly damaged capital.
We chose to to be twinned with toilets in Nepal after hearing on the news about the earthquakes which have devestated the country recently.Steve Caswell
Now pictures of the twinned toilets, along with their co-ordinates, are pride of place in the centre’s lavatories in Kingsfold Drive.
Steve added: “By doing the work on the toilets we realised how lucky we are and how in this country we take things like running hot and cold running water for granted.
“As a town council we fully support good ideas like this and I’m even going to do it at home. We’ve got a downstairs toilet that needs refurbishing, so when we do, I’ll make sure it’s twinned.”
To find out more about Toilet Twinning, visit: www.toilettwinning.org.