San Francisco is a beautiful city and it repeatedly tops the list as one of the best cities in America. But, like any other large city, San Francisco has its issues; one of those issues is public urination.
According to SFGate, public urination has been a long running problem in San Francisco. It was outlawed in 2002, but the problem persists. The city’s “Pit Stop” program, which places toilets in problem areas, has helped somewhat, but hasn’t completely taken care of the issue. Requests to the public works department to steam clean urine from walls, sidewalks and other surfaces make up five percent of all requests the department receives.
So now the city has come up with a new solution to the problem: pee resistant walls. Thanks to a new paint, called “Ultra-Ever Dry,” liquid that gets splashed on these walls bounces off, which means that if you pee on one, it’s going to bounce right back on your clothes and shoes.
The paint has already been tried successfully in Hamburg, Germany and San Francisco officials are hopeful that they will get similar results. Right now nine walls have been painted in a pilot program to test its effectiveness. A sign above one of the newly painted walls says “Hold it! This wall is not a public restroom. Please respect San Francisco and seek relief in an appropriate place.” But it doesn’t say that you are likely to get wet.
San Francisco area residents are generally supportive of the new program. Shearie Ely of Oakland, who works in San Francisco, says:
I think it’s a great thing. It’s just so nasty right now. I work over here, and I see people using the bathroom all over the place every day. It’s so inhumane, and it smells disgusting. They’re about to get what’s coming to them.
Here’s a report on the program, from KPIX:
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