Self-cleaning washroom lowered into downtown St. Catharines by crane


Published January 25, 2023 at 11:42 am

The new "automated washroom facility" came to downtown St. Catharines yesterday, being lowered into place by a crane. (Photo: St. Catharines)

Look! Up in the sky! It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s a… self-cleaning community toilet???

When the new “automated washroom facility” came to downtown St. Catharines yesterday (Jan. 24), it came via crane. Work crews lowered it into place in a small lot adjacent to the parkette where Queenston, Geneva, Niagara and St. Paul streets meet.

The city says, “There is additional work underway to complete the facility. This will take place over the coming weeks.” That means simply  it still needs to be hooked up to hydro and the wastewater system, which should take a month.

“The goal is to open it sometime before end of February, weather permitting. Watch for updates!”

So what exactly is a automated washroom facility?

The city explained, “It has the functionality to clean itself after every use and is not solely reliant on staffing for cleanliness and the hours of operation can be varied to meet the needs of the community via automated programming. Once it is operational we will have share how it works.”

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