- On April 23, 2021 Mayor Bowser issued a report on Recent Incidents of Urination and Defecation.
This report, prepared by the Department of General Services, summarizes information obtained through a questionnaire issued to ANCs, BIDs, and Clean Teams asking them to identify locations within their boundaries where a standalone public restroom is needed. It also provides information from DC Government agencies on areas of DC where there have been reports of significant amounts of urination and defecation.
2. On May 23, 2021 the Mayor named a Working Group tasked with determining the standalone public restroom model and two locations where it will be installed under the first pilot. The Working Group had its first of 6 monthly meetings on June 17, 2021 with plans to present its report in December 2021.
The Working Group, facilitated by a representative from the Deputy Mayor’s Office for Health & Human Services is composed of representatives from: DHS, DOH, DDOT, DGS, DPW, MPD, DC Water, Miriams Kitchen, Unity Health Care and an urban planner from the Downtown BID
3. Funds have been made available in the FY 2022 budget to implement the Community Incentives Pilot, patterned on the successful Community Toilet Scheme implemented by Boroughs throughout England.
DSLBD, tasked with identifying a BID to carry out this pilot, has resumed its preparations for implementing this pilot, put on hold in March 2020 with the onset of COVID 19.