The City of Los Angeles is one of the most recent municipalities to approve installation of waterless urinals for new construction and retrofit into city owned buildings. By replacing older flush urinals, the city will be positioned to conserve millions of gallons of water each year. Additional benefits of this decision include reduced water / sewage expenses, lower maintenance costs and improved restroom sanitation.
California is one of numerous states that are experiencing long term problems with drought and growing populations continually taxing the existing water supply and delivery infrastructure. In some areas, water has to be delivered via hundreds of miles of pipeline, and the amount of energy required to accomplish this is significant. Yet another factor to consider is the high cost of processing waste water. Waterless urinals provide an effective solution to both problems.
Critics of waterless urinals have usually based their complaints on factors such as odor or the high cost of supplies to maintain the urinals. However, most problems experienced are the result of improperly trained maintence personnel and janitorial staff. In fact, waterless urinals are very simple to maintain.
The United States Army is another example of a large organization poised to make an impact through mandating water conservation measures. Current specifications for all new construction and retrofit projects on Army bases require them to be fitted with waterless urinals. This decision is the result of numerous tests and a genuine commitment to sustainability.
The USGBC LEED 2009 Program guidelines indicate that waterless urinals can earn the building owner 5 LEED points (or the possibility of 6 points if the building is within located 500 miles of the manufacturing location). This means the building owner can receive up to 10% of points (or more) required for a Silver rated building simply by using waterless urinals in the building’s design.
The first no-flush urinal was introduced in the United States in 1991. Since that time, several companies have developed their own versions of this product. WaterWise Technologies Int’l distributes several brands of waterless urinals and waterless urinal supplies, including Waterless™, Sloan™, ZeroFlush™, Kohler™ and others. Our experience provides us with expert knowledge that will assist us in determining what product will work best in your facility. Please contact us if you have questions or would like to learn more about how no-flush urinals can reduce your expenses and promote environmental stewardship.