Desperate Glastonbury attendees can now ask for ‘shepees’ so they can use female urinals – as festival-goers of both sexes are warned spending a penny in the fields risks polluting local rivers
- Female urinals decorated with ‘girl power’ slogans can be used with shepees
- WaterAid has also set up The Loovre and filled it with copies of famous artwork
- Charity hope to highlight that one in four across world have no decent sanitation
- Organisers have implored revellers to use toilets instead of peeing on ground
- Groundwater runs into the central Whitelake River and down the valley for miles
- Ammonia in urine removes oxygen from rivers threatens fish and other species
Avoiding the toilets at festivals is somewhat of a tradition for many revellers – but now Glastonbury organisers are trying to avoid this by giving women ‘shepees’ for use in female urinals.
For those after a more typical experience, there are 2,000 long drops or 1,300 compost toilets as well as hundreds of male urinals.
But now WaterAid has set up a number of female-only toilets, which are bright pink and have sanitary disposal facilities, a shelf and hooks plus extra space.
Impatient female attendees can also ask for a shepee – a device that helps women urinate while standing up – and use urinals decorated with slogans including ‘girl power’ and ‘freedom’.
Whatever you choose, festival organised have implored people to use provided toilets rather than the grass because ‘peeing on the ground causes toxic pollution of the water table’.
Brave female festivalgoers can ask WaterAid volunteers for a shepee, pictured, so they can use urinals
The female urinals, pictured, are decorated with slogans including ‘girl power’ and ‘freedom’
The ammonia in urine removes oxygen from rivers threatens fish and other species.
On a poster posted across its social media websites, the organisers said: ‘The groundwater runs into the central Whitelake River and down the valley for miles around.
‘Wildlife and fish are affected if 200,000 people pee everywhere.’
Organisers warned The Environment Agency ‘has the power to close down the site if too many people have urinated and polluted’ it.
WaterAid has also created a cubicle that features versions of some of the world’s most famous pieces of artwork.
Each of the pieces inside the Loovre at Worthy Farm, Somerset, has a twist added to highlight that one in four people across the world have no decent sanitation.
Glastonbury attendees can also visit the Loovre, which features a number of famous artworks with a twist added to highlight that one in four people across the world have no decent sanitation
Michelangelo’s David is shown crossing his legs as his waits in a long queue, while Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa is holding on until nightfall.
The Thinker is pictured on a toilet, Frida Kahlo is framed in a bathroom mirror, and Botticelli’s Venus is being presented with sanitary products.
Tim Wainwright, chief executive at WaterAid, said: ‘This fun exhibition provides some entertainment and contemplation while using the convenience, as well as conveying a serious message: no-one should have their access denied to decent sanitation and clean water because of who they are or where they live.
‘One in four people – that’s two billion people across the globe – have nowhere safe or decent to go to the toilet.
‘We are calling to join us as we fight this inequality and work towards a world where everyone, everywhere has access to these basic human rights.’
The Loovre is located near the Pyramid Stage, by the Cider Bus.
It is part of the charity’s Access Denied campaign, which calls for everyone to have access to decent toilets and clean water.
There are also bright pink female-only toilets that have sanitary disposal facilities, a shelf and hooks plus extra space