Water Efficient Restrooms – Time for Change?

May 25, 2008 at 3:45 pm 1 comment

There has been a steadily increasing movement to make the bathrooms of the world more efficient in their use of potable water. The paths are many that get you closer to the ideal of a waterless bathroom, some better than others.

Truly the green movement in regards to the bathroom has come a long way in the 18 years since the introduction of the first waterless urinal. Nothing has seemly been more studied in this area than the use and efficiency or lack there of of the lowly urinal. Now it is stated many places that the introduction of a waterless urinal can save up to 45,000 gallons of water a year depending on traffic that the bathroom gets.

Here are several links to these much improved products:

Via Treehugger: http://www.treehugger.com/files/2007/08/no_splash_no_fl.php

Via Infolink: http://www.infolink.com.au/t/Waterless-Urinals

If you are contemplating installing these in a commercial space and need to overcome some of the commonly occurring mis-understandings out there here is a link that disperses most of these rather clinically and thoroughly.

http://www.sfb.state.az.us/sfb/Smart%20Growth/Waterless%20Urinals/Research%20and%20Myths.pdf

One of the more interesting stories I have read lately was about and artist in Amsterdam doing a study about improving efficiency and lets be honest the aim of the men using a urinal. The picture below illustrates the concept they came up with.

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Yes you have it right by inserting the picture of a fly on the porcelain and there by giving the men something to aim at, the cleanliness of the restroom improved dramatically.

As always I appreciate your time and interest. Please let me know what you think in the comments below or forward any questions or suggestions for future posts to askthefm@gmail.com

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