What is a Tweet chat? A Tweet chat is a live Twitter event, usually moderated and focused around a general topic. To filter all the chatter on Twitter into a single conversation, a hashtag is used, in this case, #ToiletTalk. A set time is also established so that the moderator and panelists are available to engage in the conversation. A Tweet chat usually lasts an hour and plays out as a question and answer session.
Today, a staggering 4.5 billion people live without a household toilet that safely disposes of their waste. World Toilet Day (WTD) on November 19 presents an opportunity to inspire action to tackle this aspect of the global sanitation crisis. As part of this years’ WTD celebrations, WSSCC hosted a Tweet chat, or virtual seminar, on the WTD2017 theme of Wastewater. This offered a platform for people’s views on the challenges for wastewater, and a place to highlight good practice and innovative solutions.
WSSCC invited a panel of water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) experts to provide their responses and insights to a set of six wastewater questions, which were open to comment from the general public.
In an hour’s lively and positive discussion, participants made it clear that wastewater isn’t just a WASH and health issue, but business development opportunity for better environmental management. Discussion explored the real and potential impacts for improved wastewater management on gender, on youth and partnerships, involving local actors and the private sector.
Peppering their responses with references to research tools, facts and statistics and photos from projects, some participants pointed out that the change in mindset needed to safely manage wastewater can be achieved with tailored messaging and a better definition of roles.
Over the course of the event, Twitter gained nearly 15,000 new impressions from 239 tweets as the panellists interacted with the audience, who were members of the WASH community and the general public. The Tweet chat reached over 320,000 accounts.
You can follow the Tweet chat in this Storify account.
Selected resources highlighted during the event:
Participants from many countries joined the conversation, including the International Rescue Committee @ircwash, the International Standards Organization @isostandards, and WASH specialists @rushva and @B58Husker.
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