Can an Innovative Public restroom Reduce Waste Along the River?

Published in This Is Reno

People are pooping in the Truckee River. Increasing homeless encampments in recent years have led to more debris, garbage and excrement along—and in—the river.

It’s gotten so bad that repeated concern has been raised about water quality and general public safety along Reno’s widely used scenic and recreational amenity.

“Lack of public restrooms has created a human waste issue that impacts the water quality of the Truckee River and its terminus, Pyramid Lake…” according to a document from the Truckee Meadows Water Authority. “TMWA and other agencies regularly record elevated Escherichia coli (E. coli) in the river, and while the source of E. coli has not been tied directly to a single source, human waste is a probable contributor.”

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