Synchronized Toilet Flush Held In Zimbabwe Saves a Town


A severe drought and years of poor maintenance have meant that residents in the city of Bulawayo in Zimbabwe would often go without running water, sometimes for up to three days at a time. Then, Mayor Thaba Moyo came up with an idea to remedy the problem: If all the residents simultaneously flushed their toilets at 6 a.m. and 8 p.m. each day, the pipes would remain wet and prevent clogs. The City Council visited the township and warned people that they risked a fine if they failed to take part in the big flush. Due to a lack of water, many people had to use buckets of water instead, but the flush still took place. So far, the flushing of toilets has been a success. While most residents welcome any kind of solution to sporadically being without water, others thought the mayor was a joke and that the city should be working to come up with the money to buy new sewer pipes.