In the Western Hemisphere, many people might be considered fecophobes. When they go to the bathroom, they want whatever went into the toilet to be whisked away in a hurry. There are folks, however, with a different take. They believe what goes into the toilet should be turned into what's sometimes referred to as humanure. Find out how much you know about the issue in this quiz.
Question 1 of 20
What percentage of disease outbreaks worldwide are caused by contaminated and polluted water supplies?
Question 2 of 20
Why is fecal matter and human urine considered a health risk?
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By the end of the 20th century, how many septic systems were in use in the United States?
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Why are many septic systems bad for the environment?
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What happens to the majority of the sewer sludge that's collected by wastewater treatment plants?
Question 6 of 20
Why isn't all this human waste composted and used for agricultural purposes?
Question 7 of 20
Apart from those toxic additives and negative attitudes, what's another concern to keep in mind when discussing the prospect of composting human fecal matter?
Question 8 of 20
Using a composting toilet, how much finished compost does the average person produce in a year?
Question 9 of 20
Using a composting toilet, how much water does the average person spare from contamination in a year?
Question 10 of 20
How much bacteria can the urine of a healthy person contain?
Question 11 of 20
How about someone with a urinary tract infection?
Question 12 of 20
What transmission route that pathogens take to get to people could theoretically be eliminated if everyone used a composting toilet?
Question 13 of 20
What temperature must human compost reach to kill roundworm eggs?
Question 14 of 20
How hot must the temperate of a compost pile be to kill all the pathogens it contains in a month?
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How hot must the temperature reach to kill all the pathogens in a single day?
Question 16 of 20
How many compost bins are ideal for composting humanure?
Question 17 of 20
Can kitchen scraps be thrown in the humanure compost pile, too?
Question 18 of 20
What two elements are most important to the composting process?
Question 19 of 20
Once a composting toilet is full, which part of the active compost pile should receive the remains?
Question 20 of 20