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09/13/2010

5 Fast Facts about Waterless Urinals

Don’t flush their potential down the toilet yet

 
5 Fast Facts about Waterless Urinals

Ever since waterless urinals were introduced in the 1980s, much debate has followed about their performance. Klaus Reichardt, founder of Waterless Co, highlights several potentials you should consider: 

1.    Cleanliness: Urine is sterile. Bacteria develop when urine is mixed with water. Waterless urinals not only eliminate flushing, but also water splashing onto floors or walls.

2.    Odor: Waterless urinals use gravity to draw urine toward the drain and through a trap. The trap contains a liquid that allows urine to pass through while forming a seal against odors, like water passing through oil.

3.    Maintenance: Traditional flush urinals often run into maintenance woes. Valves, for example, get jammed and either won’t move or will continuously flush. Waterless urinals have no flush values, sensors, or moving parts.

4.    Water Savings: A traditional urinal uses anywhere from 1 to 3 gallons per flush, consuming up to 40,000 gallons annually. Depending on your area, the cost for every 1,000 gallons of water could be as low as $7 to as high as $25. Just one waterless urinal could put $280 back in your pocket.

5.    Unit Expense: Waterless urinals cost $250-$500 a unit. Based on your water savings alone, your return on investment is less than two years. They can also help earn LEED credits and serve as a marketing tool.

Waterless urinals are a practical solution for facilities in drought-prone areas or with a high number of restrooms, recommends Reichardt. Encouraging users and updating maintenance training will ensure waterless urinals are a success in your building.

 

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04/16/2014

The U.S. Army plans to start development of a solar array that will provide about 25% of the annual installation electricity requirement of Fort Huachuca, Arizona.

04/15/2014

The EPA's annual greenhouse gas emissions report is now available.

04/14/2014

Are you what some would call a “climate-change denier”? If so, you'll want to read this.

04/10/2014
Los Angeles has remained the top city for ENERGY STAR certified building since 2008, while Washington, D.C. continues to hold onto second place for the fifth consecutive year, according to a new list released by the EPA.
04/09/2014
Green construction has grown massively over a short period of time.
04/07/2014
Field demonstrations of newly proven energy-efficient technologies are yielding valuable results for the U.S. Navy, helping it meet energy goals.
04/03/2014
Building owners in Chicago now have more options when it comes to getting their building energy data verified.
04/01/2014
According to a new report from Eaton, such outages are up 15% in 2013 over 2012 and over half of those surveyed believe that downtime could have been prevented.
03/31/2014
The newly revised ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 105-2014, Standard Methods of Determining, Expressing, and Comparing Building Energy Performance and Greenhouse Gas Emissions, aims to provide a consistent method of measuring, expressing, and comparing the energy performance of buildings.
03/27/2014
Facility managers face an every expanding array of sustainability choices and challenges, but for the next generation of FMs, green practices could be second nature as sustainability literacy enters the K-12 school system.
03/25/2014
While the economic recession explains the decline in sales in 2008 and 2009, it is much less clear why sales have continued to fall.
03/24/2014
University of Washington (UW) scientists have built the thinnest known LED that can be used as a source of light energy in electronics.
03/21/2014
Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant signed Senate Bill 2378 into law, effectively enacting the state’s first building code.
03/19/2014
In an attempt to improve building energy performance, the DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory has released a web-based tool called the Technology Performance Exchange, or TPEx.
03/18/2014
Could green building practices pose unanticipated life-safety hazards?
03/13/2014
Worried about workplace violence in your facility? Researchers have discovered that “mindfully observing” high-risk employees can avert danger and workplace violence.
03/11/2014
Through the DOE’s Building Energy Codes Program, every dollar the DOE has spent on building energy codes over the past two decades has resulted in $400 in energy cost savings.
03/07/2014
It is possible to harvest energy from Earth's thermal infrared emission into outer space, according to new research from the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.
03/05/2014
Is your building prepared to handle an emergency?
03/04/2014
NASCAR revealed five newly installed charging stations for employee use.
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