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Santa Cruz gets second self-cleaning public toilet in pilot project 

A pilot project is being carried out in Santa Cruz which could eventually see a network of self-cleaning public conveniences installed across the city.

The “aseo público autolimpiable” has been sited in the plaza de Weyler and is the second of its kind in the capital.

The first one was installed in September in Alameda del Duque de Santa Elena.

Fourth deputy Mayor and councillor for public welfare, Dámaso Arteaga said the commissioning of the toilets was part of a pilot project which, depending on its success, would determine whether the initiative should be expanded.

An appeal has been made to everyone who visits Santa Cruz and uses one of the two new toilets to help maintain them in perfect condition.

The unit in Alameda del Duque de Santa Elena has been used 1,600 times since it became operational on September 14th.

The toilets are fully accessible to all and are equipped with toilets, sinks, rubbish bins, a mirror, paper dispenser, all of which are vandal-proof. There is a timer which gives each user 15 minutes and an alarm goes off when the limit is approaching.

Men or women can use the toilet which is self-cleaning, made of stainless steel. The same cleaning cycle is used each time, with a rinse, disinfectant and drying. The water used has been pretreated with anti bacterial and anti lime products.

The design of all the facilities is suitable for the disabled and wheelchair users.

Outside, there is a display board which indicates whether the toilet is in use, free or in the process of self-cleaning.