"America's advocate for the availability of clean, safe, well designed public restrooms"





The World Toilet Summit 2015  -  A World Toilet Organization Event


The American Restroom Association advocates for the availability of clean, safe, well designed public restrooms.  
Our scope of interest includes:

  • Documenting the problems faced by people who avoid activities that put them out of range of proper toilet facilities.
  • Restroom(1) design and technology,
  • Restroom availability and accessibility, and
  • Pertinent legislation and regulations 

Full Mission Statement    Powerpoint Overview


ARA Board Member Kathryn Anthony invited to testify before Congress read more....

New Federal Law Requires restroom contingency plan for lengthy tarmac delays read more....






Potty Parity 
Public Restroom Design 
Public Restroom Security 
Family Restrooms 

Outdoor Toilet Facilities Availability Guideline 
Federal Public Restroom Requirements Initiative  

ARA Public Surveys Forms


Mission Statement 
Media coverage of Initiative 

Who are the 'Restroom Challenged' ?
Problem Areas and Solutions
How Amenities benefit Society 
Support for public amenities can win votes 
Limitations of Current Federal Requirements

Legislation, Code and Regulation 
Public Guidelines
ADA Accessibility Guidelines  
Outdoor Specific Guidelines  
Building Codes - Toilets for the Public  
Limitations of Current Federal Requirements




North America 'Restroom Locators
Media Coverage  
Void Where Prohibited 
Restroom Locators
Portable Restroom Resources
Miscellaneous Toilet Information  
British Toilet Assoc Press Release Archive

Restrooms in Parks, along Trails and in Public Space 
Restroom Advertising, offsetting cost by using 
Self Cleaning Public Toilets APT's 
Municipal Parking Restrooms 
Bicycle Commuters  

Help for the Duress Challenged
Fighting Back when denied access 
Stories and Anecdotes'  
Key Books: Void Where Prohibited 



Transit/Transportation Drivers 
Toilet requirements of the Building Code 
    Gender parity   
As and Obstacle to Fitness/Obesity
Airline Passengers Plight
Jim Beam Workers Denied Access 
Public Heath based Regulation 
    Public Policy Project Plan 
    Model Code 'Straw man'  
    BTA Campaign for National Standards 
Unisex Toilets





Los Angeles Cnty CA - MTA  
Maryland - Proposed Legislation for customer use of restrooms
New York City - Problem citizens and visitors to face finding amenities (Draft) 
Portland Oregon PHLUSH & 'Relief Works'

Wash DC   
Metrorail Station Restrooms     Wash Post
The National Mall

National Model Consensus Code  
Reducing Crime in Rest Areas  From the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration  

Public Restroom Evaluation 
University of Chicago Toilet Survey  
America's Best Restroom Award  From Cintas 

ARA Photo's 
Outdoor Public Restrooms

Automatic Public Toilet (APT) Vendors  
Bathroom Partition Contacts 
Bathroom Supplies PDF
Bathroom Partition Companies  PDF

Outdoor Public Restrooms Facilities
Restroom Facilities Limited

Waterless Toilets
Falcon Waterfree Technologies  
Waterless No-FlushTM 
Waterless Toilets

Small Chemical Toilets

Restroom Music 
Toto’s Sound Princess 

Toilet Quantity Calculators and Resources 
PSAI Extended Event Chart  
Stanford University Portable Toilet
OSHA Outdoor Toilet requirements  
Porta John Systems 
MarBorg Industries Requirement Calculator 
Don's Johns, Inc (incl Requirement Calculator)
Blue Book of Building and Construction (Portable Toilet Section)  
FEMA "Special Events Contingency Planning"  Toilets  Pgs 39-41  Jan 4, 01

Miscellaneous Toilet Information  
Public Restroom User
Touch less Toilet Cleaning Systems 
Child Toilet Training Devices  
Outdoor Toilet Research and Information
Museum of Toilets
High Quality Restroom Surface  
Restroom Trailers  Air Conditioned 2-3 Station Trailers 
Special Events Rentals National Event Services 
Sani-Seat for Restrooms hands free toilet seat cover.
Nonsewered Waste-Disposal Systems  [ANSI Z4.3]

Search for a public bathroom became an odyssey humiliation The Onion V38#3
At last, relief is in sight as plush public potties open downtown Seattle Post-Intelligencer Mar 2 '04
No Public Restroom Philadelphia Weekly 14 Nov 02
Reagan National Airport Diverts Plane
Meet Betty Roussos: A real person who had the condition
High Tech Bus with Restrooms  San Diego, CA. Jan 29 '02
The Democratic 'Potty'
Washington Post Stories
dougUSA - Sorry, No Public Rest Rooms!
Urinary Incontinence:  Millions of Women Suffer In Silence
Moscow trying to flush out lack of toilets  Russia Journal Weekly  6 May '02
Public restrooms in sad shape  Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Aug 26 '02
Go potty, go to jail  World Net Daily  Feb 15 '02
But Public Toilets seem to give Politicians the Willes  www.nyc24.com V1 # 5
Public Toilets in New York  Gotham Gazette 15 July 01



Void Where Prohibited: Rest Breaks and the Right to Urinate on Company Time
Void Where Prohibited Revisited:The Trickle-Down Effect of OSHA's At-Will Bathroom-Break Regulation (details at bottom of page)
Managing Incontinence  Managing Incontinence -- C.B. Gartley, Jameson Books 1985
Urinary Incontinence:  Millions of Women Suffer In Silence   Donnica Moore M.D. 9/25/2002
A Survey of Public Restrooms in New York City [PDF]  August 2002
Forced Retention of Bodily Waste: . Overlooked .. Child Maltreatment  L.A. Couture, M.Ed.
Pharmacy Today, June 1998   '...restroom breaks'
The Infrequent Voider   Radiology May 1969 Vol 92 P1177
Using the Bathroom Is Your Right Not a Privilege! [for kids] L.A. Couture, M.Ed.? 2001
Potty Break Denied - The Travel Critic ? January 14, 2000
Port-o-paintings: Art you can really use  USA Today 06/24/2003
Evolution of the Japanese Public Restroom  NIPPONIA No.17 June 15, 2001

American Public Health Advocacy Organizations 
About.Com Activism for IBD and IBS   
American Medical Women's Association Overactive Bladder Initiative   
American Foundation for Urologic Disease
American Society for Microbiology - Clean Hands Campaign
American Urogynecologic Society
American Urological Association 
AMWA Overactive Bladder Initiative
Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America

Digestive Disease National Coalition (DDNC)  See also DDNC Endorsement
International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders
IFFGD About Incontinence
Interstitial Cystitis Association
Interstitial Cystitis Network
National Association For Continence
National Kidney and Urologic Diseases Clearinghouse
The Simon Foundation for Continence
Stress Urinary Incontinence (SUI) Center
United Ostomy Association
Overactive Bladder Resource Centre  
North American Toilet Organization

Asian Restroom Advocacy  
Continence Foundation [Australian]
Taiwan Toilet Association
Radio National transcript "Toilet Mapping"
National Continence Management Strategy [Austrailia]
World Toilet Organization
Seoul Toilet - Clean Seoul Clean Toilet
Society of Continence Singapore
Restroom Association of the Philippines
Korea Clean Toilet Association [Korean]
Japan Toilet Association  [Japanese]
Restroom Association of Singapore    

European Restroom Advocacy 
Global Sanitet Club (formerly known as Finland Toilet Association)  [Finish]
UK Interstitial Cystitis Support Group
The Continence Foundation
The British Toilet Association

Newsgroup Discussion and Email Feedback 
West Coast Feedback
Request to the Virginia Bicycle Federation  (Restroom Advocacy for Bicyclists) 

       Recognize public restrooms as a necessary component of modern

Livable Communities
AARP's 'Be Active for Life'
America Walks
Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now
Privy Council - New York
Portable Sanitation Association International
Restrooms of the future
About.com Walking 
Restroom Ratings


Interesting Show Case -  Australia National Public Toilet Map   


Portable Sanitation 
Org - Portable Sanitation Association International   
Magazine PRO Portable Restroom Operator  Magazine
Magazine Pumper   
Don's Johns, Inc (incl Requirement Calculator) 
Blue Book of Building and Construction (Portable Toilet Section) 
Porta John Systems 
MarBorg Industries  


Void where Prohibited

Restroom Advertising    Please follow this link   


Restroom Design   
The Public Restroom Company   
EnviroSanitation West Hollywood, Calif  
Bradley Corp. Frequency™ Lavatory System 


Automatic Public Toilet (APT) Vendors    Please follow this link

Waterless Toilets 
Falcon Waterfree Technologies  
Waterless No-FlushTM 

Miscellaneous Toilet Information  
Bathroom Designs HQ
Touch less Toilet Cleaning Systems
High Quality Restroom Surface  


Restroom Improvement Project  
Implications of Restroom Design  
Bathroom Evolution and Implications for Paruresis
Stalls and Partitions  
Family Bathrooms   
Restroom Design and Access 
Implications of Poor Restroom Design   
Shy Bladder Institute

PROJECT CLEAN  Safe, Sanitary School Restrooms

American Restroom Assoc in the Media

American Restroom member Jasmine Schmidt appearing on the ABC World News with Peter Jennings at the World Toilet Summit in Beijing China.  Jasmine was there to present the Code and Practice of Toilets in the United States 



World Toilet Summit: A Flush of Excitement
New American Group Wants Public Restrooms Rated



Public Restroom Initiative
 Robert Brubaker July 6, 2002


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Listen to this story... NPR Station WAMU coverage of ARA 

  'All Things Considered'  
 'All Things Considered'  coverage of the ARA's attendance at World Toilet Organization conference in Beijing  

Mr. DAVID KING : I'm David King. I'm involved with the North American Restroom Association. ...  Listen to this story...



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Our own Mary Coakley was honored in San Diego City Hall and was officially declared Kellogg Park Day. Mary was recognized for her accomplishment in having led the design, construction and landscaping of the new restroom facility at Kellogg Park in La Jolla, CA.
September 19, 2005 fast fwd 16:00


and from the Russian TV 

  Так, например, члены Североамериканской ассоциации туалетов (North American Restroom Association, NARA), озабоченные ситуацией с чистотой уборных в США, планируют устроить обмен опытом с японскими коллегами. Они хотят перенять практику 


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Dave Barry's take on the
2004 World Toilet Summit
Washington Post 11/14/04 


Project CLEAN / Tom Keating PhD
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 Looking for Relief / Steve Soifer PhD  

Lower East Side Restroom Could Become Tourism Center 


German Toilet Organizations's

Where Would You Hide? 

NYC's Saatchi & Saatchi
Cardboard Cut-out Campaign

Portland's PHLUSH Initiative



Griefilm Inc's  'Flush! or how I learned to stop worrying and love the toilet'
Toronto, Canada (January 9, 2006)
Griefilm is excited and pleased to announce its latest feature film production, the satirical documentary:

Garden Thieves Picture's  'Toilet' 
Explore the idea that public restrooms in America are missing, obsolete, not funded, non-existent. 
Filming Starts 



... Despite improvements that have surfaced in various locales nationwide, Anthony doesn't expect to see dramatic changes in public-restroom design anytime soon. In part, that's because public-restroom users aren't an organized or politically powerful constituency -- unlike those who lobbied for accommodations through the Americans With Disabilities Act. Before real change can occur, she said, architects need to speak out, and legislators must draft laws

 ...From Architecture Professor Kathryn Anthony, PhD University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 'Authors advocate more and better women's restrooms in public facilities'  Public release date: 31-Aug-2004


If you think public restrooms in America stink, you're not alone. A new group, the North American Restroom Association, is fighting for better bathrooms -- and more of them. "The truth is, our country is far behind when it comes to public bathroom rights," says NARA co-founder Steven Soifer, a professor of social work at the University of Maryland. "In places like Japan, there are public groups that make sure there are cleaner, safer toilets in shopping centers, bus stations and airports. Why can't we have an advocate group like that in America to steer people away from nightmarish situations?" ,... 

From: New American Group Wants Public Restrooms Rated  Buck Wolf entertainment producer, ABC News 11/16/04


It's archaic, disgusting and gross to have to use one's hands to flush a toilet even in one's home. Please bring the world up to date with only a foot operated flushing device. This too, will inspire more people to flush and save all the extra paper used to cover the handle prior to flushing. Further, urinals should be available with a fly or spot emblazoned on the back wall. This will provide a target for men to help improve their aim.  Thank you, Mother of Movers and Shakers


My daughter works for Johnson & Johnson. She was told that a flush can project up to 40 feet in the air! Therefore should not ALL toilets have a cover on them with directions to CLOSE the lid before flushing? Most public toilets do not! That is scary with all the diseases that seem to mysteriously develop.    Thank you for providing a way to communicate my concerns. I hope that the World Toilet Convention continues to "move" people in the right direction! (Okay...a little joke is unavoidable here..I read about your convention in the Dave Barry newspaper column.) Have a great day! . -Marian 


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