DCA licensees help keep Californians healthy
Access to adequate toilet facilities, clean water, and sanitation is no laughing matter. According to the United Nations (U.N.):
- 2 billion people live without safely managed sanitation—more than half the global population.
- 673 million people still practice open defecation worldwide.
- Inadequate sanitation is estimated to cause 432,000 diarrheal deaths every year and is a major factor in intestinal worms, trachoma, schistosomiasis, and other dangerous sewage-related illnesses.
That’s why the U.N. annually recognizes the importance of clean water, sanitation, and safe facilities on World Toilet Day November 19. As part of that international recognition, the U.N. and its partners work toward water and sanitation services that are sufficient, safe, acceptable, physically accessible, and affordable, with a goal of providing these services for everyone across the globe by 2030.
Here in California, numerous Department of Consumer Affairs licensees are educated and dedicated to providing our state and its residents with water and sanitation services that are second to none. By researching and responsibly using water resources, testing and transporting water to our homes and businesses, and ensuring safe sanitation facilities and services, engineers, contractors, and other licensed professionals uphold our health and our environment.
So the next time you turn on the faucet or flush the toilet, remember how important these seemingly simple actions are. For World Toilet Day resources and materials, visit the United Nations; to check a California professional’s license, visit https://search.dca.ca.gov.