PORTLAND, Ore. - The city of Portland is out of the outdoor potty business.
Six years ago, the city installed the first of the solar-powered, stainless steel public toilets that its workers developed and dubbed the Portland Loo. It now has seven.
The city also thought to make a business of marketing the toilets, at $90,000 each. It has sold four, with five more orders in the works.
But the Loo and other projects financed by the city water utility were criticized as outside the Water Bureau's core mission and a contributor to rising rates. A judge found the city misspent $618,000 on Loo efforts.
The Oregonian reports the city has now agreed to allow the toilet's manufacturer to set the price and market the toilets, giving the city a royalty.
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