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She stood up for her right to use the toilet!

Illinois teenager Ally Bain was shopping in an Old Navy store when she needed to use the restroom.   The store management insisted there were no restrooms for customers and Ally had an accident.   You see, Ally has Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis and her need to use toilet is both urgent and sudden.  She is “restroom challenged.” Ally’s speaking out on her right to use a restroom eventually resulted in passage of the Illinois  Restroom Access Act, or Ally’s Law . While Ally sets a great example by speaking out, the Illinois law protects only people who are restroom challenged because of medical conditions. Fortunately, in the great majority of states, including Oregon, customers already have the right to use the restroom.   Building codes require construction projects designed to welcome the public to have toilets to serve them.    Plumbing codes spell this out.  For more information on the Uniform Plumbing Code, which applies statewide in Oregon, see the American Restroom Association’s discussion of Building and Plumbing Codes.


Is the Queen City ready to PHLUSH?

No matter one's position in life, the title of that old children's book applies: "Everyone Poops." From a manual laborer all the way to royalty, nature's call is one we all must answer - sometimes more urgently than others! That's why even The Queen City must admit that she's ready…

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PHLUSH is looking for volunteers!

Are you passionate about public sanitation, toilet access, and emergency preparedness? PHLUSH (Public Hygiene Lets Us Stay Human) is looking for enthusiastic volunteers to help us make the world a better place to poop and pee. The need for public restrooms has never been greater due to the pandemic, rising…

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Public Restrooms and COVID-19: Guidelines for Reopening

June 29, 2020 The re-opening of the economy during the continuing COVID-19 pandemic depends on the successful re-opening of toilet facilities. Retail businesses, manufacturing firms, trade workshops, food-processing units, schools and universities, and government institutions must protect people from the SARS-CoV-2 virus. And they are in a position to support…

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