How Do We Determine the Water and Cost Savings of Waterless Urinals?

We’ve heard for years that waterless urinals can save 20,000 to as much as 45,000 gallons of water per year, per urinal. For instance, Sierra Community College in California, replaced 33 conventional, water using urinals with waterless systems. They estimate they now save more than 1.3 million gallons of water per year.

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But how do we come up with these figures that indicate no-water urinals can save 20,000 to 45,000 gallons of water?

The answer is that it all depends on how much water or how old the flush urinal is that the no-water system is replacing. 

In an older school building, for instance, it is not uncommon to see the original urinals still installed in the boy's restrooms. These urinals may very well use 45,000 gallons of water annually.  A newer urinal, especially if it was installed by the 1990s, would likely use closer to 20,000 gallons per flush.

However, something we have to remember is that even if a flush urinal says it uses one gallon of water per flush, that may have been so when it was initially installed.  Flush urinals, over time, can use more water than what they were designed to use, especially if the flush handle has frequently needed repair or the urinal was subjected to some form of vandalism.

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Another thing we hear about waterless urinals is that they can cut water costs.  Is there some formula we can use to determine how much the cost of water (and sewer charges,) would be reduced in your facility if waterless urinals are installed?

Sorry, the answer is again no. 

It all depends on the water utility rates charged in your community.  However, there are many examples of cost savings when waterless urinals are installed. 

For instance, Lucia Mar School District in Arroyo Grande, California, recently reported that after installing waterless urinals in their schools, they saved $1,700.  While that is not a tremendous amount, that is 1,700 dollars that can be put to better use than paying water bills.

By the way, one of the most extensive studies of the cost benefits and overall benefits of waterless urinals was conducted by the state of Massachusetts. Click here to read their report and find out more about these urinals.

So with all these benefits, are waterless urinals for you?  Again, it depends.

For instance, the Massachusetts study suggests no-water urinals are not recommended for prisons.  They based this on the fact that the urinals in prisons tend to collect more residue than waterless urinals installed in an office, for example, due to misuse, which is not surprising.  This can cause the cylinder, placed at the base of the urinal, to plug prematurely. However, depending on what system is installed, this is usually a simple and economical fix.

For help deciding if waterless urinals are for you, contact a Waterless Co representative.

Tips for Maintaining Green Hotel Spas

GLOBAL REPORT—Sustainability trends in the hospitality industry continue to be a hot button topic, especially when it comes to initiatives in hotel spas, sources said.

More and more people expect hotel spas to do their part in responsible sustainability, said Jane Turner, director of spa and leisure for FRHI Hotels & Resorts. She said efforts could start with the design of the spa’s building.

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And while that comes with several challenges, spa directors in hotels across the globe shared how their properties are achieving environmentally-friendly operations.

 Trying to save water? Go Waterless with No-Flush Urinals.

Trying to save water? Go Waterless with No-Flush Urinals.

Challenges of maintaining a sustainable spa
Sources agreed that one of the biggest concerns in a hotel spa is water and energy conservation. Often times, many hotel spas lack the right equipment to measure water and energy consumption within the spa unit, said Jeffery Smith, director of sustainability for Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas.

It’s essential that hotel spas measure those metrics, he said, since spa operations require a large amount of water usage.

To read more on this Article by Dana Miller on Hotel News Now website, click here.

Waterless Cape Town Open

Cape Town - The water crisis currently affecting Cape Town demands that we all take extra measures to ensure that Day Zero never comes.

Cape Town Open goes Waterless

The Sunshine Tour has committed itself, during this, the week of the Cape Town Open, to use less water in an effort to assist the City of Cape Town and the citizens in their endeavours to save the scarce resource.

The first measure was to move the tournament from its usual home, the Royal Cape Golf Club which has a dire shortage of water, to the King David Mowbray Golf Club where the golf course is treated with effluent water.

The other important measure taken by the Tour in this regard is to encourage golfers to use showers only on the Tuesday of the pro-am, on Friday for those who miss the cut and who are traveling, and on Sunday after the tournament.

To read more from this article on the Sport 24 Website, Click here...

What's going on with the drought in Cape Town...

We take turning on a tap for granted but millions in South Africa are running out of water.


Cape Town and some surrounding areas are experiencing the worst drought in South Africa’s history and gearing up for what’s being called Day Zero – the point when water in the main reservoir falls to 13.5% of its capacity. This apocalyptic day is currently forecast as April 16 and pipes to 75% of the city’s homes will be cut off.

The drought is mainly affecting parts of the Western Cape – where new water restrictions mean residents are being asked to limit their water usage to 50 litres a day (we use an average of 150 litres in the UK). Nearby regions like the Cape Overberg and the Garden Route are less impacted.


To read more about the drought in Cape Town on XPOSE.IE, click here.