Friday, May 31, 2013

Why the Porta Potty Won't Wash You Out

These days, we need to save both water and time, and one of the keys to saving both is by using portable restrooms. You may wonder, "How in the world is using the porta loo going to save the earth?" The answer is one flush at a time. In our homes we each flush the toilet 5-6 times a day, and a standard toilet uses nearly 19 gallons of water each day. High efficiency toilets use about half that. But with a porta potty a ten person construction crew can make it through a whole 40 hour work week and only use 6 gallons of water during that time.

When you look at what a porta john can save over a full year, the numbers are impressive. Portable toilets save 125 million gallons of water a year – with that amount of water you can fill Soldier Field twice. Talk about washing the White Sox. You also get more productivity out of crews who don't have to keep running inside to use the bathroom. One study showed that construction sites that used portable toilets had a return on their investment multiplied eight and a half times over.

Even though you see quite a few portable toilet on construction sites, that isn't the only place where they are useful. They are also great for outdoor events, whether it is a big concert, a festival or fair, or even that big wedding in the back yard. Face it, a couple hundred guests in and out of your home can put a lot of wear and tear on your personal pot, not to mention your water bill.

Between the convenience of having a toilet right where you need it, and the water saving green aspect, we should all look for opportunities to make use of the porta potty.

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