Reader’s Digest – 20 Ways City Life Could Change Forever After Coronavirus

Public restrooms may become more environmentally friendly

As long as we’re making changes to public restrooms to help reduce the potential spread of infectious diseases, we might as well make some energy- and water-efficient upgrades, too. “I expect that building owners and property managers will invest more in advanced technologies to optimize the hygiene and cleanliness of their public restrooms. Many of these technologies can also improve the water and energy efficiency of their buildings overall,” says Nicole Bulgarino, executive vice president and general manager of federal solutions at Ameresco. “Touchless lavatory valves, soap dispensers, and towel dispensers are already used by many of our customers—but we anticipate these solutions will become more and more ubiquitous. Anything that minimizes touching surfaces where there could be potentially harmful germs can and should be considered as an add-on to public restrooms.”

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