It’s been a downward trip for San Diego mayor Kevin Faulconer from touting a new taxpayer-subsidized NFL stadium to taking care of the humble business of cleaning up downtown’s homeless hepatitis epidemic, as evidenced by the city’s latest bid solicitation.
A January 5th notice posted online by the city seeks to rent trailer-borne mobile shower units with “no less than eight shower heads with a minimum of twenty PSI water pressure and two gallons per minute flow at the head.” Adds the advertisement, “Rental includes Full Service, 7 Days a Week. Full service includes Water Tanks, Pumps, Hoses, Hauling and DAILY filling (if needed), DAILY Grey Water Waste Removal, Hauling and Grey Water Waste Disposal (if needed), DAILY Sanitizing, Interior Janitorial Cleaning, Garbage Removal from stalls, and propane servicing (if required).”
The potentially pricey on-call public shower deal, for which no cost is estimated, is to last five years, presumably longer than the current siege of homelessness that plagues downtown, but present usage may be heavy. “When the Contractor is providing acceptable service and demand of the Contract exceeds the capability of the mobile shower facility, the City will either order another mobile shower facility or provide additional potable water to the existing mobile shower facility. If a water use fee is required for the City designated source, the City will be responsible for payment of the fee.”