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After Germany, San Francisco Rolls Out Walls That Pee Back At Public Urinators
By Valerie Chang, 27 Jul 2015
San Francisco can soon bid goodbye to the stench and mess of public urination with walls that splash urine back at the offending individuals.
In March, Germany introduced walls that ‘pee back’ at individuals who relieved themselves in public.
Seeing that the project took off well, San Francisco was inspired to do the same.
Director of the Department of San Francisco Public Works, Mohammed Nuru, said, “Based on Hamburg, we know this pilot program is going to work. It will reduce the number of people using the walls. I really think it will deter them.”
The walls will be coated with ‘Ultra-Ever Dry’, a hydrophobic substance that repels any liquid.
Currently, this will be rolled out in a pilot testing phase with nine walls in the Tenderloin, the Mission and South of Market. It costs “a couple hundred dollars” for the painting and installation of each wall, according to SF Gate.
Nuru said, “We will send people to see, visually, if there are any wet signs to indicate urination has happened. We will also use our natural nose to smell and see if urine is there. If it seems to work, we will continue it after the pilot phase ends.”
Public urination in San Francisco is an offence with a penalty of US$50-US$500 fine.
Check out the following video to see the project in action in Germany:
Testing out a new pee repellent that "pees back" to prevent public urination. pic.twitter.com/6eDJ4w9MWH— SF Public Works (@sfpublicworks) July 23, 2015
[via Mashable, images via IG St. Pauli]
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