Magazine article USA TODAY

Public Restrooms Stay Clean "Automatically"

Magazine article USA TODAY

Public Restrooms Stay Clean "Automatically"

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The California state legislature has taken action to help solve a problem that exists in schools throughout the nation--toilet facilities that are so dirty and poorly maintained that many students avoid using them. School districts now must make clean bathrooms a priority when using state funds from a restricted facilities maintenance account. The purpose is to ensure that the washrooms are functioning and meeting local hygiene standards.

"School bathrooms often suffer the consequences of limited budgets for maintenance and repair, yet the need is great since school restrooms are subject to heavy use, vandalism, and messes made by inconsiderate students," states George Patrick Murphy, president and CEO of Technical Concepts, Mandelein, III., which provides restroom products for schools, offices, recreational facilities, and other away-from-home markets. Murphy believes touch-free flushers, faucets, and soap dispensers will solve many of the difficulties, from altering student behavior to cutting maintenance cost. "The primary purpose of touch-free bathroom fixtures is to reduce the transfer of germs by eliminating the need to touch handles on toilets, urinals, and faucets. They also ensure that toilets and urinals get flushed and deodorized, eliminating foul sights and odors that discourage students from using the bathrooms. …

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