Portable Sanitation Association International

Association Insight Nov 27

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WEEKLY EDITION NOVEMBER 27, 2019 Note: The PSAI is committed to bringing Members industry news. It creates original content and it aggregates news that appears in other sources. Unless otherwise stated in organizational documents or in Association Insight newsletters, the PSAI does not have or take a position on the content of news items from other sources. PAGE 14 Orlando Considers Bathroom Trailers Downtown Orlando has very few public restrooms. Bar owners are being deluged with people who need a restroom, and those who can't find an enclosed facility are relieving themselves on the side of the roads. To address these ongoing problems, the city plans to bring "upscale porta-potties" to downtown. The units would be elevated, have running water, and be open during the day and from 11:00 pm to 3:00 am at night to serve bar patrons as well as the homeless. If the plan meets approval, the portable toilets could be installed by December 16. READ THE ARTICLE Project Highlights Toilets as Harm Reduction and Human Right When Homeless Healthcare Los Angeles (HHCLA) first studied the Skid Row area of the city in 2017, they found that the scarcity of public toilets violated United Nations sanitation standards. Only nine public toilets were available for more than 1,700 people. Not only did the lack of toilets cause higher rates of health concerns (including a hepatitis A outbreak), it made homeless people more vulnerable to police interference and criminal penalties. To address these issues, HHCLA opened the ReFresh Spot in 2018. As part of the initiative, permitted public toilets were brought to the area. ReFresh Spot also has showers and laundry facilities and helps residents access HHCLA's other services. As the article's author asserts, "24/7 restrooms are a win-win for both homeless people and general public health." READ THE ARTICLE

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