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State pays for new floating john in Castaic

Posted: March 21, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: March 21, 2012 1:55 a.m.

A new floating restroom has been approved by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors for the Castaic Lake State Recreation Area.

On Tuesday, the board voted to replace the area's existing 12-year-old floating restroom docked at Castaic Lake Main Lake SS Cove.

Supervisors also voted to accept a $12,000 Clean Vessel Act Grant from the state to help offset the operation and maintenance costs of the project.

The price tag for the new floating restroom is $65,000, a cost totally absorbed by the state, with no expense borne by the county.

The current facility was installed at Castaic Lake in 2000.

Castaic Lake has three "heavily used" floating restrooms, said Lori Bennett, superintendent for the recreation area.

"It's convenient for boaters who are out on the water with families and parties," she said. "They can pull up next to the floating facility without having to go back to the launch area.

"There's as many as 500 boaters on a busy summer day," she said. "So (the restrooms) are a real convenience."

Every 10 years, the state Department of Boating and Waterways offers counties grant funding to replace existing facilities.

Floating restrooms are self-contained, low-maintenance "comfort stations" intended for use in bodies of water where onshore facilities are not easily reached.

They typically feature two individual toilet compartments, each housing its own toilet with waste holding tank.

They are designed to be transported to any point accessible by the road and launched at any boat ramp as a typical boat or trailer would be launched.

Once launched, the bathrooms can be towed to any area of the lake.




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