Portable privies paying off in Penticton
By Steve Arstad
Portable toilets set up at three downtown locations appear to be doing their job, say city officials.
(STEVE ARSTAD /InfoTel Multimedia)
August 27, 2016 - 6:30 PM
PENTICTON - The City of Penticton’s plan to prevent after hours use of downtown streets as a toilet is paying off, according to city officials.
City staffers approached Penticton City Council earlier this month to request a number of portable toilets to be set up at strategic locations in the downtown core after city maintenance staff reported increasing evidence of public urination and defecation.
They suspected the cause was the fact the city’s public facilities in the downtown area are locked up each night, leaving people with no where to go.
City engineer Ian Chapman says portable toilets were set up at the library, Yacht Club and at Gyro Park.
Chapman says experience to date indicates the portable privies are having the "desired impact” on the issue.
He has not heard any public comment on the toilets, pro or con, in the three weeks since they were installed.
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