Two months and 3,500 flushes after it opened, Toronto’s first automated public pay toilet has stopped working.
According to the Toronto Sun, the city has shut down its 25-cent-a-use facility at Queens Quay and Rees Street until its automated toilet seat can be fixed.
Apparently, the device that pulls the seat into the back wall for sanitizing, malfunctioned.
When the unit is working, a quarter will buy users 20 air-conditioned minutes in the WC, after which the door closes, activating an automated cleaning system.
The $400,000 WC was officially unveiled on May 19 and is one of 20 that will be installed across the city over the next two decades. It’s part of the city’s partnership with Astral Media to update public furniture, transit shelters, trash and recycling bins and bike posts with 25,000 new pieces.