Urilift, High Tech Urinals to Combat Nighttime Public Urination.

Tired of nighttime public urination, Victoria, the capital of British Columbia, Canada, is considering installing this "Urilift" high-tech urinal that can be lowered down into the ground during the day (for a nice clean look) and popped back up at night.

John Chow has the scoop (and video):

By day, the Urilift is lowered below street level for a nice clean look. Then at night, an operator comes by with a remote and the Urilift hydraulically lifts to sidewalk level in about two minutes. Then the unit is ready to serve all the nighttime party animals who don’t mind peeing in a very exposed public urinal.

Because there are no doors, there is little danger of any unauthorized or illegal activities. San Francisco and Seattle’s auto-toilets have been derided as dens for drug dealers and prostitutes. In addition, the presence of an attendant nearby to lower the system in the morning means it’s unlikely a drunken reveler who slumps over the Urilift will wake up under the street.


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They have similar urinals installed in London already. I think they're a great idea, not least for the homeless who otherwise have no choice but to urinate on the street, as most public toilets in London charge for admission.
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