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Fun Facts About Porta Potties

July 21, 2017

Fun Facts About Porta Potties

You know how useful and versatile porta potties are and how they are an absolute must when planning an outdoor or large scale event.

But have you ever really wondered about porta potties? What is their history? What other trivia tidbits exist?

Next time you are waiting in line to use the restroom at an event, here are some fun porta potty facts to mull over.

Porta Potties are Environmentally Friendly

Did you know that portable toilets are far more environmentally friendly than their indoor plumbing env-friendlycounterparts?

A porta potty uses 90 percent less water.

According to the Portable Sanitation Association International, 45 billion gallons of water are saved every year simply by using portable toilets.

Porta Potties are Sanitary

Similar to in a traditional restroom the first porta potty in the row is thought to be the cleanest.

This is due in part to the fact that people favor privacy and therefore put as much distance as they can between themselves and other people waiting in line.

As you can get porta potties complete with hand sanitizer and full sinks for soap and water, they are a very sanitary choice.

It’s the Ultimate Convenience

Porta potties aren’t strictly used for outdoor concerts, sporting events and on job sites.

porta-pottiesPeople often use them in their own homes because they are a very convenient option.

For instance, if you are hosting a large party, and you don’t have adequate restroom space to accommodate your guests, porta potties are a good choice.

They are also handy in the event of natural disasters, where people are without their plumbing for a period of time.

Realtors and builders even like to use portable restrooms when showing homes or show homes so that people aren’t using the bathrooms that are being showcased.

Porta Potties Have a Long History

Although the iteration that we know, today dates back approximately to the 1940s to assist outdoor laborers, the idea of the porta potty dates back several centuries.

Apparently, the earliest use was in the 6th Century B.C., where what would eventually become a chamber pot was used because it could be transported with the user.

Other Names for Porta Potties

honey-potAlthough we most commonly refer to them as porta potties in the U.S. there are several different terms in use.

Some of the most notable include our namesake, “honey pots,” “porta loo,” “Johnny-on-the-spot,” “portable restroom,” and “water closet.”