In the 1940’s workers in the ship building yards of Long Beach were forced to go to the docks each time they had a physiological need. The owner of the ship building yards recognized the substantial cost derived from great distance and time in took to be passed, asked the company responsible for emptying the tanks of the fixed dock toilets if they can manufacture a toilet that can be easily moved closer to the workplace. The result was a wooden cubicle that had a small holding tank. This was a first porta john rental, or, porta potty, or, porta loo, (in UK) that soon sparked entire branch of the industry dedicated to movable and easily manageable restrooms. In the beginning, materials used for construction were wood and metal, thus these toilets were heavy to move, and with troublesome maintenance, due to absorption of fluids and odors.
At the beginning of the 1970’s the synthetic materials, firstly fiberglass, were introduced, but except for reduced weight, the maintenance problems persisted, coupled with the break-ability of the fiberglass. Thus, it came to the use of polyethylene. This material proved to be the right choice. The polyethylene portable toilets rentals lightweight are light, durable and easier to maintain, due to its non-absorbing nature. This material is still most common for porta john rental.
Self-containment, ability to work without moving parts, no need for a power source, made the portable restrooms a success, in few respects better than its non-movable cousins. Of course, proper maintenance is still required for these facilities to be used for prolonged periods of time. Usually, the company that is responsible for the porta john rentals cleans them with frequency based on the number of users. When it is time for maintenance, a pump truck is sent for sanitation of the holding reservoir and the cabin. At this time, the holding tank, or, reservoir is refilled with new liquid, and the supplies (such as toilet paper and soap) are also refilled, leaving the users of the facility with clean and equipped restroom. The removed waste is usually transported to appropriate disposal area.
Interesting Facts about Portable Toilets
Here are few relatively interesting facts about portable toilets, or, sometimes known as porta john rentals:
- A portable toilet uses about ninety percent less water than a conventional toilet.
- The first toilet in a row very often is least used, making it cleanest in that row.
- The toilets (this is about all toilets in U.S., both conventional and portable toilets) are flushed with greater frequency during the halftime of the super bowl, than in any other period of the year.
- There was a survey in U.S. about the use of toilet paper in the holder with the flap facing the front or behind. Survey indicated that flap in front is more common. The budget of the survey was $ 100,000.
- At current President’s inauguration there were five thousand porta john rentals, which for some reason was the largest number of portable toilets needed in one place at one time ever.