23 September 2014
Brand new restroom facilities sit just behind the Pleasant Grove House – but at the county fair hundreds of folks filed right past them in search of porta-potties.
That’s because the “comfort station,” as it’s called, is closed. The $150,000 facility arrived all in one piece, has six toilets and two urinals, and requires very little exterior maintenance. “Everything is heavy-duty, take-a-beating kind of materials,” said Supervisor Bob Ullenbruch, “which is the reason for the price tag.”
There’s just one problem: There’s no water.
And so it doesn’t matter how sturdy the restrooms are, Ullenbruch said. “They’re no good if you don’t have any water.”
Restrooms at Pleasant Grove have been in the capital improvements plan for at least six years, Ullenbruch said. These particular restrooms were approved as a part of the renovations to the Pleasant Grove House “several Boards ago,” said Ullenbruch – and no one seems to remember exactly who gave the OK without checking to see if ample water flow capacity existed. The county’s engineer, Wayne Stephens, wasn’t around at that point. “I would have to think that the engineer or architect who was doing the design made an assumption that wasn’t 100 percent valid,” said Stephens, “but I honestly just don’t know.”
So what exactly is the issue?
The Pleasant Grove House has two bathrooms with residential-style toilets and sinks, said Stephens, and those function fine off of the Pleasant Grove well. But the comfort station is another story. “Flushing valve-style toilets, which is the kind you find in most commercial-style facilities such as the comfort station, require about 25 gallons a minute of instantaneous demand when they flush,” Stephens said. “Urinals require 15 gallons a minute.”