Downtown Miami, with its notorious public pooping problem, might be able to learn a thing or two from an Indian city that installed "e-toilets" to help tidy up its streets.
The toilets cost users about 3 cents to unlock the door, switch on a light, and activate a voice recording that gives instructions on how to use them. They use less water than conventional toilets and can be programed to clean themselves after a set number of people use them, according to New Indian Express.
The program was launched full-scale in the southern city of Bangalore last August after a pilot program of three toilets got positive feedback from the public, dna India reports. Like in Miami, public defecation in Bangalore is tied to a homeless population without access to basic sanitation.
Since then, Bangalore has been named one of India's cleanest cities—not an easy feat in a city with a homeless population of around 16,500 homeless people, according to 2011 census data. Bangalore has the fifth-highest homeless population in India, where 1.8 million people are homeless.
Miami businessman Jose Goyanes, the creator of a poop map that chronicles the city's problem, might want to take a look at the e-toilet, since the city has some 400 homeless people living on the streets downtown, with just seven publicly accessible toilets.
Note to Miami, however: As of today, about half of Bangalore's e-toilets aren't working anymore, because the city agency responsible for them wasn't paying its bills, the Bangalore Mirror reports. They owe the company that maintains the toilets, Eram Scientific Solutions, USD $470,000. So, maybe get some e-toilets to help clean up that map, but make sure the bills get paid, to avoid the sticky situation Bangalore is about to find itself in.