Shady solar outhouses
Nov 24, 1997
The US Forest Service has recently installed solar outhouses, but positioned some of them in the shade.
Each outhouse costs $10, 000 and designed to use solar panels to power fans which pipe out smelly air. Unfortunately, some were built in areas that are frequently in the shade. The outhouses can be found in the Cleveland and San Bernardino National Forest.
Foresty officials are not amused at their mistake. They are now planning to fit outhouses not working properly with low-tech exhaust fans. But when the high-tech privies do work, they've been described as sweet smelling.
"You can't smell anything -- and that's sweet enough, " said resource officer Ernie Martinsen.