SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — Sacramento city leaders are set to tackle a problem with urgent circumstances for some—are there enough public restrooms in Downtown?
From people with kids to those with no home, many people complain there are few places to go. Homeless advocates have demanded more public restrooms for years, calling it a humanitarian crisis.READ MORE: 81 Pounds Of Meth, 11 Pounds Of Fentanyl Tablets Found After CHP Pulls Over Speeding Car
Many bathrooms in the capital city are closed after business hours. A pilot project offering more restrooms and an attendant to keep them clean was canceled due to its cost.READ MORE: Gov. Newsom Pushes Full California Public School Reopening by Fall As Many Districts Resist
Homeless advocates say the lack of restrooms also creates a potential public health crisis like the hepatitis outbreak in San Diego. A lack of sanitation let the disease spread.
A city survey shows there are 85 public restroom locations in Sacramento, and only 28 of them are open around the clock. Three more are set to open by the end of the year.MORE NEWS: Prosecutor: Kristin Smart Was Killed During 1996 Rape Attempt
The city now wants to put up new signage to direct people to the closest public bathrooms. It’s also considering installing self-cleaning bathrooms, hiring attendants to staff public bathrooms and even paying business owners to open their bathrooms to everyone.