Portable Sanitation Association International

Association Insight Dec 26, 2019

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PAGE 18 YEAR END EDITION DECEMBER 26, 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. Portable Toilets on City Streets A California reporter, writing for the New York Times, addressed a Sonoma reader's question about the lack of portable toilets on city streets. She pointed to a 2017 report from the City of Los Angeles that found there were just nine public toilets for 1,964 residents on Skid Row. That works out to one toilet for every 218 people. The United Nations standard for refugee camps mandates a ratio of one toilet for every 20 people. To address the public health hazard of inadequate sanitation, the cities of San Francisco and Los Angeles have begun increasing the number of public toilets available in homeless areas. The key seems to be making sure that paid attendants maintain the facilities. This is not an inexpensive or permanent solution. The author notes that a single Pit Stop site with hand-washing station and attendant (seen above) costs nearly $340,000 per year. The cost for a unit of subsidized affordable housing in California, by contrast, is about $450,000. READ THE ARTICLE

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