Website calculates toilet paper needs during COVID-19

Ross Houston
March 27, 2020

So you have all this toilet paper all of a sudden and think you're good for a while.

"Last night, City of Redding Wastewater Management responded to a sewer backup at one of its lift stations".

A website developed by an artist and a London software development student is created to help families calculate how much toilet paper they need to ride out quarantine during the COVID-19 pandemic.


Local officials are anticipating possible backups or overflows at treatment facilities from people flushing items other than toilet paper.

The northern California city was able to avert a spill but warned that the situation could have presented another public health crisis since clogs can cause fecal matter to back up showers, toilets and sinks.

More than two million people have already used the website since it went online.


It's only been a week since Chicagoans seriously began practicing social distancing, and just a few days since Gov. J.B. Pritzker told most of us to stay home, meaning folks likely haven't yet made a dent in their panic-purchased toilet paper war chest.

Simply click on the website and enter in how many rolls of toilet paper you have, along with how many people in your residence and how often people visit the bathroom on an average day.


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