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Students develop self-cleaning toilet system

May 17, 2012
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CHICAGO — A team of students from Purdue University claims to have solved the messy problem of keeping public toilet seats clean, according to the Chicago Tribune.

The students explain that the highlight of their system is in its simplicity: The seat-cleaning system requires no expensive chemicals, no rotating seat sleeves, not even an electrical hookup, the article stated.

According to the article, the system works like a mini-carwash that descends on the toilet seat when the lid is lowered.

The Purdue-made system is different from the high-tech rotating sleeves on toilet seats at O''Hare, Chicago Union Station and other public restrooms because those run on electricity or battery power, and the so-called Poseidon IV operates using water pressure in the restroom plumbing, the article noted.

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