My grandmother, Mamaw, though was a baby during the 1918 Spanish Flu outbreak. She grew up on an Arkansas cotton farm, so she definitely knew how to deal without toilet paper — usually a Sears catalog in a drafty, smelly, dirty outhouse.
Something tells me the phone book is not septic safe.
And … do you ever think that filling your toilet tank with fresh drinking water, crapping in it, flushing, and sending it all to a treatment plant is a bad idea?
The outhouse is also a poor solution that sometimes taints the drinking water supply.
For people off the grid, there is a much better, safer alternative with composting toilets.
Check it out. You might be surprised.
Watershed Management Group