As a new homeowner, I can tell you that things aren't always as simple as they appear. I started thinking about it a few years ago, and I realized that there were some serious problems with our plumbing system. We had issues with drains working correctly and toilets flushing like they should, so I started focusing more heavily on understanding the basics of our plumbing system. Within a few short months the entire system was operating more fluidly because of a few changes that I made, so I wanted to create a blog all about my journey. Check out these articles to learn more about the plumbing basics.
If you have to have portable toilets at your worksite, make them as comfortable as possible. The toilets obviously have to be practical, but you can add a few things to ensure those using the toilets won't suddenly find themselves in a less-than-optimal situation.
Easy-to-Reach Extra Toilet Paper
These toilets don't have stalls -- they are each a separate stall. That means that if a toilet runs out of toilet paper, the person in there is not in a good situation. Keep a few extra rolls within easy reach of the toilet, along with a note that lists who to contact for more toilet paper if the occupant sees the supply getting low. Don't just throw the paper into a corner -- ensure the stockpile does not require someone to twist into unnatural configurations in order to reach it. Also, keep the stockpile wrapped in plastic so that any water that splashes when the user washes his or her hands doesn't hit the extra toilet paper.
Unscented Soap and Deodorant Tablets
Soap is necessary in each toilet, and if possible, stock unscented soap. If the toilet is in an area that isn't shaded well, all the smells can be magnified. The perfume of scented soap can be particularly strong, though it might not be strong enough to cover other smells. Instead of creating a mishmash of odors, stock unscented soap and include a supply of deodorant tablets that users can throw into the toilet (either that or include several cans of odor neutralizer spray).
If you're getting a toilet that has a stall faucet, see if the manufacturer has faucets that use an automatic touchless sensor. Those save water by shutting off when the sensor doesn't detect hands, which is essential in portable toilets because the toilets are hooked up to a finite water supply. The more water you can conserve, the longer you can go between having to refill the water supply.
Hand Sanitizer Dispenser
Even though there will be soap, you may want to include a hand sanitizer dispenser. This allows those who have skin allergies to the soap to still sanitize their hands. It's best if they can still reach a bathroom that has soap they can use, but the sanitizer is better than nothing.
These and other accessories are easy to find; all you have to do is talk to manufacturers and rental companies to see what they have in stock. If you have to choose one accessory only, go for the extra toilet paper, but do try to provide a full range of extras.