If you’re at a party, a concert, or an outdoor event, you might wonder, “Where does the poop go in a portable toilet?” Fortunately, porta potty sanitation technicians use biocides to break down the bacteria that cause odors. After an event, sanitation technicians will disinfect porta potties and restock them with clean waste for the next event.
The blue liquid in a porta-potty used to be formaldehyde-based. Luckily, many states have banned the use of this chemical in portable toilets, and the new formula is safer for both people and the environment. It contains a blend of biocides, a chemical that kills bacteria in human waste, as well as a fragrance. In addition, the blue liquid masks the smell of human waste.
After an event, sanitation workers attach a large hose to the porta potty’s output hole. The hoses collect the waste, and the sanitation workers then connect the hose to the nozzle, sucking it into a big tanker truck equipped with a freshwater tank. The sanitation workers then refill the porta potty’s holding tank with fresh water and spray the entire porta potty with an enzyme solution to destroy bacteria. Next, the waste is transported to a municipal treatment facility.
When temperatures rise, the bacteria in the porta potty tank go into overdrive. The resulting smells make porta potties unpleasant. Porta-potties must be cleaned regularly to avoid a stinky mess. The sanitation workers service 40-50 units a day on average, and a porta-potty needs cleaning at least once every hundred uses. However, if there is no designated emptying point, people can flush their contents down the toilet.
Although porta potties are safe for waste disposal, there is a lingering stigma associated with them. Seventy-five percent of Americans think porta potties are dirty and would not want to contact their seats with a germ-filled seat. Many are not regularly maintained, and can harbor harmful bacteria. Proper sanitation practices and a strong immune system can help prevent illnesses.
Porta-potties fulfill an important social function. Compared to stationary toilets, portable toilets conserve 45 billion gallons of water each year. Furthermore, they are far better than squatting in a field! In addition to their convenience, porta potties are cheap to rent and help protect the environment. So, if you’re at a concert or a festival, take advantage of porta potties today!