File this under taxpayers money at work.
A while back, I shared some information regarding the now very public, World Toilet Summit. It actually initiated a lot of feedback one way and another and now the U.S. government has also seen the importance and relevance of becoming involved in this - um - important gathering focusing on - um - toilets and related issues. So much in fact that they put aside $13.5 million for the International Fund for Ireland, which helped finance the World Toilet Summit.
In the way of background information and to know exactly how and why taxpayers are footing the bill, read an earlier blog offering, "A Flushing Success" for the why's and wherefores and background information about toilet issues.
Related to this in that it's money down the toilet in the true sense of the word, Congress also gave $1 million for the Waterfree Urinal Conservation Initiative in Michigan.