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District Working Group on Public Restrooms Releases Report

Wednesday, May 11, 2022

(WASHINGTON, DC) – On May 4th, the District’s Public Restrooms Working Group released its report suggesting potential locations in the District, to support a legislatively enacted pilot program. The group was created in response to the Public Restroom Facilities Installation and Promotion Act to assess the need of public restrooms in the District. The working group heard from a variety of stakeholders and took their feedback under consideration, in addition to establishing an objective for the program and suggesting potential locations for the restrooms.


In April 2019, the DC Council and Mayor Bowser enacted the 'Public Restroom Facilities Installation and Promotion Act of 2018.' The legislation directs the District to solicit feedback from Business Improvement Districts (BIDs), Advisory Neighborhood Commissions (ANCs), and Clean Teams on potential locations for two pilot sites for 24/7 public restroom facilities. A public restroom facilities survey was made available to ANCs and BIDs in October-November 2020. The results were provided in a report to the Mayor in the spring of 2021.


Three locations arose as potential sites for District-operated public restrooms: Union Station area, Dupont Circle area, and the Starburst Plaza area. Next steps include a public comment period which is now open, requesting feedback from the community. Residents can provide their feedback during this time to [email protected]. The public comment period will conclude on June 30.


To read the full report, please visit here.