Uncertainty Still Surrounds Public Toilets Project - The Reykjavik Grapevine

Uncertainty Still Surrounds Public Toilets Project

Published June 7, 2016

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The government has taken one more step closer to setting up some 30 badly-needed toilets at tourist spots around the country.

MBL reports that parliament recently passed a resolution for the government to expedite the measure, but it is still uncertain when this summer these toilets will be set up. Hreinn Har­alds­son of the Icelandic Road Administration said the hope is to set up 30 emergency toilets around the country.

Amongst the places that tourism industry workers prioritise for these facilities are Jök­uls­ár­lón, Goðafoss, Detti­foss, Selja­lands­foss, Grá­brók, Látra­bjarg, Hjálp­ar­foss, Dyr­hóla­ey and Kerið. However, no exact date has yet been announced, despite the aim being to get toilets to these places during the tourist high season this summer.

As reported, tourism industry workers have long called for more toilets, especially at locations situated far from civilisation. The dearth of public toilets in the countryside contributed to a rash of news stories about tourists relieving themselves outdoors.

If funding is found, these toilets could be all around the country very soon. Complaints about the lack of toilets in the countryside go back at least three years.

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