Restrooms in Boulder and Denver…No, Seriously

Travel Tips — By Jess Steinitz on November 10, 2010 at 4:40 pm

Restrooms are fairly easy to find in Denver; most restaurants and stores will either have a restroom available for public use — even if you’re not a paying customer — or they’ll know right away where there is one nearby.

Most toilets in Denver are the standard, Western-style ones and restrooms are usually fully stocked with toilet paper and soap. Some bathrooms are more exciting than others, however, such as this one with a beautiful mosaic, found inside Sun Deli in Boulder.

Sun Deli Restroom

There are a few toilet variations found around town that help reduce fresh water waste. The first is the dual-flush toilet, which allows for a “light” flush and a “heavy” flush, based on whichever you deem necessary. The University of Colorado in Boulder has installed these toilets in several of their buildings to reduce their water usage, where pushing the lever up is for “light” and down is for “heavy.”

But perhaps the most interesting and unusual toilet in this area can be found right here in Denver at the Mercury Café. In fact, the toilet is standard, but the back of the toilet is different in that it contains a sink. The sinks replace the traditional toilet lid and when you flush the toilet, the clean water that would go straight into the toilet bowl is first routed up through a spigot to dispense water for hand washing. The sink then shuts off automatically when the toilet has been filled and two gallons of clean water per person are saved every day.

Toilet Lid with Sink

Lastly, it should be noted that rumors exist alleging that you can pee on the Continental Divide and it will flow in both directions. This claim has not yet been verified by NileGuide.

[Photos courtesy of Jess Steinitz and MetaEfficient]

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