Porta-Potties: Everything You’ve Ever Wanted to Know (Recipe: Parmesan Herb Baked Turbot)

We have all used one. Some of us more than others.

Runners use them a lot. And there is usually a long line.

How long, on average, does it take people to use a porta-potty?

  • 1:15 – 1:30 is the average time it takes runners to get in and out
  • 1:30 is the average time it takes men (nonrunners) to get in and out
  • 3:00 is the average time it takes women (nonrunners) to get in and out
  • 10:00 is the suppliers’ suggested max length of the queue to the potty, in minutes, or else the trees start getting watered

Another fun fact? If there is alcohol at an event, there is a 10% increase in toilets being needed.

So, what does that blue stuff in there consist of?

  • 5 gallons water
  • 7 ounces liquid deodorizer (designed to last 7 days)
  • 1 part fragrance (client’s choice: baby powder, mountain breeze, fresh mulberry, etc.)
  • 1 part biocide (to prevent bacteria)
  • 1 part surfactant, like soap (helps keep everything in solution)
  • Dashes of blue dye (masking agent; limits the view)

There you have it.

Want more numbers?

  • 6 ounces is the average deposit
  • 60 gallons is the capacity of the tank
  • 70% of a used portable toilet is made up of urine
  • 250 is the number of uses a porta-potty can handle before sanitary conditions start going south
  • 1,280 is the number of uses, based on the average deposit, that will fill a tank to the brim (you don’t want to be that last person!!)

How do events determine the user-to-potty ratio? Well, at a concert there is often one toilet per 60 people, according to the vice president of sales and marketing at Satellite Industries (a porta-potty manufacturer). However, at a race there is a toilet for every 10 people because races tend to have a lot of hydrated runners that create heavy traffic over a condensed time period. One study found that 80% of race participants use the bathroom in the hour before the start of the race. (Duh, I thought that was a no brainer!)

Lots of information about porta-potties that you probably never knew!

Food for Thought: Starting this summer, Nestle will roll out favorites like Butterfinger and Baby Ruth made without artificial flavors or colors. The orange Butterfinger center will come from annatto seeds instead of Red 40 and Yellow 5.

Last weekend, my college roommate and her now husband had a going away party that A and I went to! This girl stays insanely busy, so it was wonderful to catch up with her before they begin their next life adventure!


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Quote of the Day:

“At some point, “winning” becomes more about the journey than the destination and you find yourself delighted over the smallest accomplishments.” –Eat to Perform blog

A couple weeks ago I made this Parmesan Herb Baked Turbot recipe and thought it was super tasty. Turbot by itself does not have much flavor, so the flavor is all in what you season it with! We will definitely be making this recipe again!

Parmesan Herb Baked Flounder

Parmesan Herb Baked Turbot


  • 4 (6 ounce) turbot (or flounder) fillets
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup low-fat mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup dry breadcrumbs
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper


– Preheat oven to 400*.

– Place fish on a foil-lined baking sheet coated with cooking spray.

– Combine the cheese and mayonnaise; spread evenly over fish.

– Combine breadcrumbs and remaining ingredients; sprinkle evenly over fish. Lightly coat fish with cooking spray.

– Bake at 400* for 10 minutes or until fish flakes easily when tested with a fork.

Courtesy of Cooking Light

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2 Responses to Porta-Potties: Everything You’ve Ever Wanted to Know (Recipe: Parmesan Herb Baked Turbot)

  1. Allison says:

    Hilarious content about Porta potties! I’ve definitely use my fair share at races and outdoor festivals while living in New Orleans. I have taken them for granted but they are certainly a necessary evil! Another fun fact about Porta potties –> if the seat lid is lowered a ventilation chimney will open at the top of the Porta potty. I certainly wouldn’t try it at a race and frankly I’m not sure who’s comfortable touching the seat lid but nonetheless the manufacturers put it there. Great post!

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