Based on WC - what abbreviation do you use for a sign for a dry toilet ?

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Based on WC - what abbreviation do you use for a sign for a dry toilet ?

Dear all,

The meaning for WC is well explained (see e.g. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flush_toilet )and WC has become a well accepted sign in many countries for a flush toilet. Even dry toilets are sometimes marked as WC (see picture attached from a public dry toilet in Germany). What is your proposal for a waterless system according to WC, which can be used internationally?

I am looking forward to hear from you,
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Re: Based on WC - what abbreviation do you use for a sign for a dry toilet ?

:) You answered it already in the picture - WC waterless closet - it is just a matter of time until Wikipedia changes the text :cheer: :P



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Re: Based on WC - what abbreviation do you use for a sign for a dry toilet ?

I like Christoph's suggestion but am not sure if his answer has satisfied you, Wolfgang?

Did you have a particular reason for asking the question? Do you find it's important for people when they look for a toilet that they know whether it will be a water-flushed toilet or a dry toilet?

Perhaps in that photo example that you showed, it is smart move to call it "WC" in order to not scare people away (for those people who would be scared of using a composting toilet)?

By the way, where is that example in Germany?

And Wikipedia defines WC like this:
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WC

WC commonly refers to a water closet (flush toilet), a Western commode (a toilet with a Western bowl design), or to a room containing a flush toilet.


Does this need changing, i.e. isn't a squat toilet also referred to as a WC?

Perhaps a WC should be defined of as any type of toilet (nowadays) even though originally the name came from "water closet"?

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Edit on 21 May: I have changed it on Wikipedia now to:

WC is derived from "water closet" (flush toilet), and is commonly used on signs to indication the location of a public toilet


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Re: Based on WC - what abbreviation do you use for a sign for a dry toilet ?

Dear Elisabeth, dear all,
For me, a WC-called dry toilet is a contradiction. Why not making people aware of a another toilet solution, pointing out a dry toilet by another abbreviation than WC? Otherwise users maybe frustrated, expecting a flush toilet. We should be self-conscious in times, where the flush toilet must be reinvented. My proposals are to announce a dry/waterless toilet DC (Dry Closet) or DT (Dry Toilet) which suits to UDDT. Other ideas are welcome.

The WC-sign I showed before belongs to a public dry toilet at the Federal Garden Show in Norderstedt near Hamburg.

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Wolfgang

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