A toilet-paper ribbon was cut Thursday by Los Angeles city officials to signify the opening of the city’s first self-cleaning toilet at the North Hollywood Recreation Center.
City Councilman Paul Krekorian was joined by Michael Shull, the general manager of the city’s Department of Recreation and Parks, to unveil the restroom.
“Restroom maintenance across Los Angeles city parks is an important daily task for the department’s dedicated park staff,” a news release from the department stated. “The pilot model of the self-cleaning restroom will help the department determine the best innovative and efficient way to improve visitors’ experience throughout the city park system.”
The restroom’s self-cleaning process sprays water and disinfectant and then dries it.
The restroom is ADA-compliant and is programmed to clean itself after every use, according to DRP staff. It’s equipped with self-timer technology that audibly alerts users if they have been in the restroom for more than 10 minutes. There are also visual aids for the hearing impaired.
DRP maintenance staff will inspect the restroom daily to ensure it is properly functioning and clean and replenish dispensers, officials said.
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