Toilet Facility Tips For Your Next Outdoor Event

Posted on: 13 October 2015


A large event can put a lot of stress on your facility's plumbing. If even a portion of the event is slated to occur outside, portable toilets can provide an alternative to your building's restrooms. The following tips can help you get the most out of this option.

Tip #1: Know Your Numbers

The rental company will ask you how many visitors you expect daily during your event and how many hours the event runs each day. You can typically do this fairly accurately if this event has been held before. First year events are trickier, but the rental company can still help you decide how many units you need. The key is to look at similar events in your area, or those that appeal to a similar type of attendee, and make an educated guess based upon their numbers. If you are unsure, it's better to opt for more units than less. Too few restrooms results in long lines, over-flowing toilets, and foul odors, which can all have a negative effect on the event.

Tip #2: Check Into Permit Needs

Depending on your local laws and regulations, you may need a permit to place portable toilets on the event property. Contact your local permit office to find out if you need to include this in your event's permit package. Sample information that the office may need to issue the permit includes date of the event, toilet location, and the number of units you will be using.

Tip #3: Choose the Right Type of Facility

There are several different styles of portable restrooms available. At the bare minimum, you will need the outhouse-style units, along with at least one handicap-accessible unit. For a more upscale event or a winter event, you may want to get trailer restrooms, which can be equipped with running water and heat. It's also a good idea to rent hand washing stations. There are two main options in these. Sanitizer stations have a rack that supports two or more hand sanitizer dispensers. Water wash-up stations are sinks hooked up to barrels. Users make the water flow via a foot pump.

Tip #4: Keep Them Clean

Finally, no matter how many portable restrooms you order, keeping them clean is a necessity. It's a good idea to have a staff member check on the status of each unit at least once per hour. They can restock paper products and hand sanitizer, and clean up any messes that occur. Some rental companies will even provide a restroom attendant for an extra fee, which is added to your rental package. These attendants are skilled at keeping everything in top condition and spotting potential problems.

You may also want to schedule clean-outs of the storage tanks daily during the event to help keep the odor down. This is especially necessary if your event is held during hot weather. Your rental company can help advise on the best times to schedule clean-outs.

For more information, contact a local company like RCS Inc.