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Game of Thrones: The Quest for Restroom Renovations

Marian Central Dedicates Summer to Major Facilities Renovation Projects

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This summer, yet another area of the school has been targeted for major renovation:  the “middle” restrooms.  After visiting the impeccable new restrooms in the science wing and gym commons, the middle restrooms felt somewhat like time-travelling back to the 1960’s.  Dim fluorescent lighting, brownish tiles, temperamental sinks, and smallish toilet bowls which make one wonder if previous generations really were just smaller.  After one year at Marian, and every student knows which sink produces the warm water, which soap dispenser actually works, and who could possibly forget the dance necessary to activate the motion-sensor towel feed?

When students return in August, they will marvel at the sleek grey slate tiles, the motion-activated bright lighting, generous bathroom stalls and high-efficiency sinks and toilets.  As a school, the automatic flushing system and sink water dispensers are ecologically-minded to conserve water and energy for the school.  According to the Center for Sustainable Tourism, the addition of the HET (High Efficiency Toilet) generates an annual water savings of almost 60% per toilet.  Now, multiply that by 30 toilets, and Marian has significantly reduced its water usage and expenses per year.  Why is this important to us students? With the highly publicized drought in California, and pleas for water conservation both locally and globally, it’s good to know Marian is doing its part in this conservation effort.  Plus, any money saved in this expense can now be focused on other areas of improvement.

The touchless aspect of the sinks and toilets also reduces the possible spread of germs.  According to Edward Baig’s 2014 report for USA Today, “Health and hygiene are the obvious play here. Kohler commissioned a study of 800 U.S. consumers and found that over half of the people surveyed are paranoid about germs in the bathroom. And when looking at that same sample group but focusing on moms with children, that number jumps up to about two-thirds, Kohler says.”  Now, bring that scenario into a bustling high school during the height of the flu season, and this paranoia is understandable.

 

What’s the downside to all of this, one might ask?  According to one parent, who wished to remain anonymous, “Without an automatic flush at home, we’ve noticed an increase in..um…unflushed toilets…and it’s gross.”  For every action, there is a reaction:  forgetting to flush at school is water-wise; forgetting to flush at home is, well, just un-wise.

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