A new self-cleaning public restroom in downtown Lethbridge is now open to address a pressing need and make downtown a more welcoming place for all who visit the area.
Located along the east side of 6 Street South, just south of 4 Avenue, the new restroom is free for all users. It automatically cleans and sanitizes the toilet, sink and floor after every use. It's open daily from 5:30 a.m. to 12:30 a.m., making it available to transit riders a half hour before and after regular transit services begins and ends each day.
"I'm proud of this much-needed addition to our downtown. This new restroom uses the latest technology and addresses a basic need for all who visit our downtown, including transit users, parents with young children, those who require frequent or quick access to a restroom for medical reasons as well as our homeless or disadvantaged residents," says Mayor Chris Spearman.
"A clean, safe public restroom is one very simple way for us as City Council to help achieve our strategic goal of making downtown Lethbridge as welcoming as possible for everyone," Mayor Chris Spearman adds.
Installation of the restroom began in early August. The total cost of the project was approximately $195,000 and was funded jointly from existing budgets for the Heart of Our City Committee, Lethbridge Transit and Infrastructure Services. Through the site-selection process, City administration involved and received support from the Downtown Lethbridge BRZ, the Lethbridge Chamber of Commerce, the Crohns and Colitis Foundation of Canada, local seniors' organizations, and the Heart of Our City Committee.
It's the second self-cleaning restroom for the city. A similar unit is situated along Caledonia Boulevard West, next to the sports fields at West Lethbridge Centre. More information on the restroom product is available at: http://www.sagelec-canada.com/video.html
George Kuhl, Planning Initiatives Manager
Mark Bellamy, Chairperson
Heart of Our City Committee