Weekly Flush: South Carolina State Guard Surpasses Fourth Year Without Working Toilets​

Also in this week's septic-related news, read about a smart toilet that sings to its users

Weekly Flush: South Carolina State Guard Surpasses Fourth Year Without Working Toilets​

The oldest military institution in the state of South Carolina has been without working bathrooms for more than four years, according to officials.

Brigadier General Leon Lott has been giving lawmakers tours of the South Carolina State Guard recently, pointing out that since a flood took out the facility’s septic tank in 2015, the toilet situation has been less than ideal.

Whenever troops are mobilized for events or monthly training drills, hundreds of soldiers use portable restrooms behind the facility’s armory. It’s costing them $500 per month to keep the portable restrooms on site.

“Bathrooms are something you need to have in a facility when you have the number of soldiers and full-time staff we have here,” Lott tells CBS 17 News.

Fundraiser Announced for Injured Septic Truck Driver

After a septic truck driver was badly injured in a rollover crash in Salmon Arm, British Columbia, his co-workers started a fundraising effort to help him and his family during recovery.

The driver, Rodney Dekker, is an employee of Reliable Septic Services in Salmon Arm. His truck slid down an embankment while taking a corner and rolled over twice, ejecting him from the truck. He broke some ribs, dislocated his shoulder and ruptured his spleen in the crash and was airlifted to a nearby hospital.

While most of the costs of Dekker’s injury are expected to be covered by WorkSafeBC and the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia, friends and family are trying to raise an additional $5,000 to offset the financial impact of the accident. To help out this fellow pumper, visit www.gofundme.com/f/rodney-dekker.

Smart Toilet Sings to Users

In this high-tech world, it’s often expected that smartphones, smart speakers and other smart gadgets should be able to talk back to consumers.

But that expectation can go a tad too far at times. Where do we draw the line? We should probably draw the line somewhere between us and this automated toilet that sings to users.


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