New ‘Potty Parity’ Facebook Page Dedicated To Help End the Dreaded Ladies’ Room Line

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Potty Parity, the subject of heatedly debated bipartisan Federal legislation takes a decidedly more whimsical turn on Facebook that invites visitors to post images of public restroom facilities that compel women to wait in long lines because of an insufficient number of toilets.

Saniflo intends to do its part by drawing attention to the issue through our new Facebook page and by offering a reliable, affordable, easy-to-install solution for both residential and commercial spaces.

Female or male, you know what we’re talking about – the irritating (if not downright painful) wait for the ladies’ restroom at public venues. A “Potty Parity” bill was just introduced in Congress last week, but women aren’t waiting, so to speak. They are putting their collective foot down and lifting their cell phone cameras to report offending facilities on a new Facebook page dedicated to Potty Parity in our time: Potty Parity Now.

Women — and men! — are urged to nominate an otherwise favorite arena, ballpark, concert hall, etc., that needs more ladies’ room toilets. They post their own photos of the long queues on Facebook, drawing attention to these sites and giving their female Facebook friends fair warning.

“More than once I’ve had to guard the men’s room door so my wife could sneak in to use the facilities,” says Saniflo U.S.A. CEO Regis Saragosti, whose company manufactures macerating, “upflush toilets” that can be easily and cost-effectively installed on top of any floor, without digging.

“Saniflo macerating up toilets are the solution for toilet lines in any facility, including the home — no more long waits for the morning shower! There are cost-effective ways to achieve Potty Parity everywhere,” Saragosti says.

Question of Fairness: Potty Parity is a front-burner issue, studied by architects and other building professionals. According to sources cited by Wikipedia, women take longer in the restroom for many reasons. While men typically find instant relief with a long line of urinals in their facility, a ladies’ room of the same size holds fewer stalls, causing a wait time that is often twice as long or longer.

The other issue is logistics: It simply takes longer to use a cubicle than a urinal, and that’s not even counting pantyhose-related delays. Pregnancy, breast-feeding and diaper-changing all add time. The elderly — predominantly women — often make more frequent bathroom visits, while also moving more slowly.

Bipartisan Support: On March 18, House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Edolphus “Ed” Towns (D-NY) introduced H.R. 4869, the Restroom Gender Parity in Federal Buildings Act.

Also known the “Potty Parity Act,” the measure would require any federal building constructed for public use to have a 1-to-1 ratio for toilets, including urinals, in women’s and men’s restrooms. It’s a measure that brings both sides of the aisle together, as it is cosponsored by Ranking Member Darrell Issa (R-CA) and Reps. Pete Visclosky (D-IN) and Yvette Clarke (D-NY), according to a recent press announcement by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

The Upflush Solution: Saniflo offers a practical solution in any space that lacks below-floor drainage, but where a bathroom is needed. Instead of connecting conventionally through below-floor drainage lines to the sewer, an upflush toilet system moves waste and toilet paper to a macerator, which uses a fast-rotating blade to reduce it. The system then pumps the slurry under high pressure through small-diameter piping that can be installed in front of or behind a wall. That means a spare bathroom can be added atop any floor, anywhere restroom or bathroom lines form, including in the home.
“Restroom inequality is not only unfair for women; it affects men, too,” Saragosti adds. “Just ask any man who has missed the highlight of a ball game or the beginning of a show, while waiting for his female companion to use the ladies’ room.

“Fortunately, our society has begun to recognize this situation as a serious problem and to do something about it,” says Saragosti. “Saniflo intends to do its part by drawing attention to the issue through our new Facebook page and by offering a reliable, affordable, easy-to-install solution for both residential and commercial spaces.”

Upload pictures of Potty Parity violations at Potty Parity Now. For more information, contact Saniflo at 1-800-571-8191. Or visit its website at Saniflo.com.

NOTE: Publication-quality photographs to support this press release can be downloaded at the following location on the web: http://saniflo.oreilly-depalma.com/2010/potty_parity_facebook.shtml

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