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Could Pee-Resistant Paint Curb San Francisco's Public Urination Problem?

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) -- San Francisco's Department of Public Works is looking into a new weapon of sorts to combat those who urinate in the streets, alleys and on the sidewalks. It's actually a high-tech, liquid-resistant paint that would repel the waste, splashing it back at the offender.

According to the San Francisco Chronicle, Mohammed Nuru, head of the DPW, is open to suggestions to combat those who might not have manners and use public space as a urinal, or the homeless who might not have a better place to go.

The product by a Florida-based chemical cleanup and waste management company called, Ultra-Ever Dry by Ultra Tech, is described as "super-hydrophobic". They say their product has practical applications; boots and gloves being the prime example.

San Francisco is notorious for its stench in some parts, stemming from those who pee in public, and is looking for solutions. The problem is a growing concern according to the Chamber of Commerce who sees it as a quality-of-life issue.

The liquid-resistant paint is already being used in places like Hamburg, Germany, known for unruliness in its red-light district. A sign hangs there that warns not to pee there because the walls will pee back.

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