Topics relating to the bathroom are some of the most hushed discussions that take place in society today. Publicly talking about bathroom affairs has long been taboo and frowned upon, its not as simple as getting the head attachment changed my shower routine. Toilet is the most important part of the bathroom (not the shower head, shower, bathtub). Want to know why? Toilets are the most needed part of your bathroom because even without at home, You will surely need to go back to the toilet 4-5 times a day. That’s a shame because it makes addressing issues about current easy to install toilet systems more difficult. It’s harder to talk about the problems with portable street toilets as a result. There’s more than meets the eye when it comes to modern portable toilets. That’s because they have a variety of nifty mechanisms that make them work well and have a couple of problems that need to be addressed.
Portable street toilets are the long rectangular stalls that are ubiquitous in places that have a lot of people gathering. Often, crowded events don’t have the infrastructure to support the bathroom needs of the millions of people that gather. The fixtures in place are too limited in number to be able to provide the needs of all the people present. That’s why event organizers bring in portable toilets. These units are easy to install and erect in place and work well. They’re an elegant solution to the problem.
Most have at least seen a portable toilet on the street, if not used it. Those who haven’t seen one should have no problem identifying them either. A portable toilet is a tall structure that looks like a telephone booth without any windows. The walls are made of plastic. The unit is often colored in a bright shade of blue or gray to make it easy to spot.
Some newer models have also been introduced to be used by men. These street toilets are open urinals that are more compact but don’t shelter the user. They can only be used by men to urinate and can’t support other activities like passing stools. The main purpose and mission of these types of toilets are to dissuade men from urinating on the streets or on buildings.
As good as they are, portable toilet systems still suffer from some problems. These aren’t huge issues, though, as portable toilets are still the best way to erect toilets in places that have no facilities otherwise. However, these pet peeves need to addressed if we’re to hope for systems that work better.
The first problem is that portable toilets get dirty very easily. This happens because people who use the toilets are often negligent in cleaning up properly after doing their business. This poor civic sense leads to some toilets being completely unusable because of how filthy they are. An earnest plea to users to clean up properly is not likely to help. One possible solution to keep the toilets clean is to have a guard stationed near them. The presence of the guard is likely to impact users and make them feel that they have a greater responsibility in keeping the toilets clean. The guard could also check the toilet after someone uses it to ensure that it’s clean and that the toilet has been flushed. If it’s not, he could tell the user to clean it properly.
Another way to circumvent the issue is to hire cleaners who will periodically freshen up each toilet. However, cleaners cost money and need to paid for their work. If the price of admission is high, people shouldn’t be expected to pay to use the toilet. That means some money needs to be reserved towards hiring toilet cleaners. In the opposite case, where entry is cheap or free, it’s okay to charge people who use the toilet a nominal fee to pay the cleaner’s wages.
Another problem with street toilets is that they lack in amenities. Often, it’s found that these stalls only have a toilet seat and nothing like a basin to wash hands in after a person uses the toilet. This is a huge hindrance while cleaning up and often means that one either needs to bring their own water or go outside to wash up afterward.