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Pee-back time: Ixelles gets tough on urinating in public
Ixelles has had enough of late-night revellers peeing in public - and has splashed out €20,000 on a clever product to tackle the nuisance.
A special kind of paint will be applied to walls near late-night bars and clubs. It has a hydrophobic coating which, when urinated against, bounces the liquid back at roughly the same angle, causing the person to get their legs and shoes wet.
Ixelles sought inspiration from Germany, where several city councils and railway operator Deutsche Bahn have been using the product with success.
Tests carried out around Place Stéphanie and the Rue de Stassart proved conclusive and the municipality has agreed a €20,000 order for more supplies. The paint remains effective for up to a year before a new coat is needed.
Ixelles' alderwoman in charge of public cleanliness, Viviane Teitelbaum, said: "We put this product to the test in two places affected by this nuisance. We've now ordered more of the product and it will be applied to walls in the most-affected neighbourhoods, where there are nightclubs and other late-night venues."