Montreal’s self-cleaning public toilets to be unveiled
Montreal’s Self-Cleaning Public Toilets To Be Unveiled – In July of 2017, Montreal approved a contract that would see 12 Self-Cleaning public toilets installed in the downtown area and in Old Montreal. They were supposed to be installed last August, but then delayed until that autumn. It has been a long time coming, but last Tuesday the borough of Ville-Marie (downtown) officially announced that the first three of the high-tech public toilets are expected to open this month.
The self-cleaning toilets were estimated to cost about $300,000 and it seems the price tag has remained the same – but until the new toilets are installed and the final price tagconfirmed, will Montrealers know if more money will be have been flushed into them.
The three (free) public toilets will be opened in the downtown borough with locations at Place Émilie-Gamelin, the Papineau metro station and in Old Montreal. The others are expected to be rolled out over the next two years.
The self-cleaning ‘TMAX’ toilets are designed by the Italian firm Toilitech, who describe the system on their website as ‘Management, cleaning and PLUS® disinfection guarantee a perfect wash, disinfection and drying of the toilet. A combined patented system washes and dries the bowl top, while carrying out the scouring of floors, mechanical removal of debris and drying of floors with Lava;Tergipavimento® system… this toilet is suitable for highly frequented areas, which need extremely high standards of hygiene and disinfection’.
Using a public washroom in Montreal could be a daunting experience – they are often filthy, smelly and downright disgusting. It starts with one person who somehow manages to mess the floor, the toilet seat and sometimes even the walls – andleads to the next person having to perform an acrobatic act to relieve themselves and often adding to the mess out of necessity.Nonetheless, Montreal’s initiative might bring a sigh of relief to those needing to be ‘relieved’ while out in the city.