Now available in the U.S. for the first time, there’s a unique and progressive urinal that allows four men to use it simultaneously. This portable, 100 percent-recyclable four-man urinal is part of a broader revolutionary green sanitary concept introduced to an industry that has not changed with the times. America lags behind the progressive sanitation methods initiated in countries like Amsterdam.
Inner-city entertainment areas need reliable and efficient alternatives to help curb public urination. Large outdoor events want fast and easy alternatives to the standard john for men just needing to pee. Men working outdoors on construction sites or those repairing our roads, bridges, tunnels and highways would gladly welcome the new type of urinal. It’s the perfect compliment to the standard john.
Many municipalities have already made these new urinals compulsory at outdoor events where there’s a need for a clean, safe and effective urinal, even at indoor facilities when toilet capacity is insufficient.
The urinals are now being employed around the world in city centers to stop public urination. Australia’s capital, Canberra, last year began deploying them at bus stops, intersections and behind local pubs. Chief executive of Canberra CBD limited, Jane Easthope, also placed them at numerous hot spots around town. “We’re supporting this because we’re in the business of a clean and safe city, and it’s an attempt to heighten awareness,” she said. “It’s about reclaiming public space for the community.”
Edmonton, in 2007, led the way in Canada by using the urinals to address its problem with public urination. Businesses on popular Whyte Avenue were fed up with drunken revelers peeing in public. Men sought alleyways, parking lots and sides of buildings for fast and easy relief. Shirley Lowe, executive director of the Old Strathcona Business Association, placed them around town and soon saw how they began to make a huge difference. At that time only Victoria, British Columbia, had used this progressive four-man urinal.
In Amsterdam’s city center on the celebration of the Queen’s birthday, one simply cannot miss these units. More than 700 are spread throughout the town and outlying cities. Amsterdam even has its urinals lift up from underground at dusk. They are used by the bar crowds all night, emptied at dawn and then dropped down and out of sight during the day. Amsterdam is extremely progressive and the forerunner when it comes to urban sanitation. There is no such thing as public urination in Amsterdam.
Portland’s downtown “Clean and Safe” program in 2013 used these four-man urinals, placing them within a nine-square-block entertainment district. The chamber of commerce, chided by business owners, decided they had enough of revelers using the alleys and buildings for relief. As soon as the program got underway, weekly reports came in that each unit was filling to capacity: That’s 100 gallons and over 1,000 “turns” per unit each weekend.
Usually implemented as a single mobile unit these urinals can easily be hooked up to any public sewer system, via a convenient built-in connectivity port, ideal for use in large municipalities.
Across America, public awareness is growing for better and more efficient environmentally friendly sanitation. These units are now being employed in over 12 domestic states. Forward, progressive minded companies are placing them in their towns, whether it’s on highways, construction sites or outdoor recreational festivals. Certainly this product would be invaluable for Federal Emergency Management Agency disaster relief where sanitation concerns are paramount.
Information provided by Kros International