Portable toilets / porta-potties / porta-johns are available with a variety of features (and prices).

Standard Portable Toilets

Standard portable toilets have a non-flushing commode with holding tank, a separate male urinal, toilet paper dispenser and sometimes hand sanitizer dispenser. These units would be used at construction sites, foot races and similar events.

Enhanced Portable Toilets

Enhanced Porta-Potties
Enhanced Porta-Potties

These portable toilets have a flushing toilet (generally with recycled blue liquid from the holding tank, like on an airliner), sink with running water with a foot pedal pump, an interior light and mirror, a toilet tissue dispenser, sometimes a paper towel dispenser and a soap dispenser. These units would be used at nicer and night-time events.

VIP Portable Toilets

VIP Portable Toilets
VIP Portable Toilets are used on movie sets, and for receptions and weddings.

These are the best portable restrooms. They typically feature fresh-water flushing toilets and sinks with running water, interior lights and mirrors, a toilet tissue dispenser, paper towel dispenser and a soap dispenser. VIP units are generally mounted on a trailer. These units would be used at nice outdoor weddings and similar events.

Handicapped-Accessible Portable Toilets

Wheelchair Accessible Porta Potty
Wheelchair-accessible portable toilets have wide doors, low thresholds and room inside.

These special portable toilets have a wide no-step entry and are roomy enough for a user in a wheelchair. Local officials may be able to provide guidance on how many of these units are needed for the anticipated crowd.

Wash Stations

Hand Washing Station
Handwashing Station

Free-standing wash stations are located near the porta-potties. One station may have two or 4 sinks. They have soap and (frequently) paper towel dispensers. Sometimes an optional warm water wash (which requires electric power) is available.


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