Portable toilets being installed in certain county beach parks

They may not be pretty, but they will be compliant.

The County of Kauai has awarded a contract worth at least $35,000 a year, and as much as $81,000, to local company Tyri, Inc., to install portable toilets at various county parks.

Some beach parks have already received regular portable toilets, with the contractor awaiting delivery of other portable toilets that comply with the federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), said Mel Nishihara, director of parks for the county Department of Public Works.

Slated to get both regular and accessible portable toilets are Kalihiwai Beach, Kealia Beach, Wailua Beach and Kekaha Beach Park, while several other parks will get the portable toilets as needed, according to county bid documents.

The as-needed placements, which could push the total contract up above $80,000 for 12 months if all toilets are placed for a full year, include Ha’ena Beach Park, Waioli Town Park (on Hanalei Bay), Anini Beach Park, Hanamaulu Beach Park, and Waha Park in Kalaheo.

Yes, some of those parks already have toilet facilities. But, some of the cesspools and septic tanks at county parks are acting up, so the portable toilets will act as backup systems, Nishihara said.

Also, where no ADA-compliant toilets are available in county parks, the portable, ADA-compliant toilets will allow the county to comply with federal law.

The case of Waha Park in Kalaheo, one of the county’s newest parks, is a different story, he said. When county workers move to improve ball fields and other features at the park, more use will mean a need for toilet facilities, he explained.

Staff Writer Paul C. Curtis can be reached at mailto:pcurtis@pulitzer.net or 245-3681 (ext. 224).

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