Portable Rental Costs
Port-a-potties resemble the outhouses used in primitive camp sites and cabins. The chambers of portable toilets do not extend below the ground. Putting the containment area below ground would defeat the purpose of the unit in the first place. The person who rents these facilities needs to move them from event to event. An organization or community planning an event often rents these units from a portable toilet company for a certain period of time. The time can be a few days or a few months. The most obvious cost of the product is the rental, but there are other costs associated with the product as well.
The first cost the renter will pick up on his how much it costs. The rates are determined by the hour, by the day, or by the month. Most rentals take place by the day, unless the port-a-potty is placed on an athletic field. The organization that pays the rental cost may decide to rent it by the month instead. The monthly rental allows the organization to save money by receiving a discounted rate.
The second cost associated with the use of this product is the same as the cost of maintaining any other bathroom facilities. The organizer or event planner may not need to provide soap and water, but he should have extra toilet paper on hand. The rental companies do not normally provide extra toilet paper. Although soap and water is not offered, new models may come equipped with a hand sanitizer unit. The hand sanitizer unit simply dispenses an anti-biotic product that the user rubs into his hands. It does not cleanse the hands as thoroughly as soap. The sanitizer reduces the risk of infections spreading.
The final cost comes about because the chambers in portable toilets do not have infinite storage capacity. A renter may go through an entire season without any problems. An event with hundreds of people may require the renter to have the chambers emptied. The rental service does this at the end of each season normally. If the renter needs to have the portable toilet unit emptied before hand, the renter needs to pay an additional fee.
The costs of providing a portable toilet are slightly less than the costs of providing a permanent bathroom that visitors can use, but if the facilities are to be used year round, the permanent bathroom might work better.