A report released in 2016 finds that the installation of no-water urinals – otherwise known as waterless urinals – will grow by about 6 percent over the next four years.
The study was conducted by Techanvio, a market research group based in London.
The report adds that while saving water is of course the key benefit, feature, and reason for the interest in waterless urinals, another factor is that some manufacturers are giving their waterless urinals a facelift making them more attractive. The researchers even say some of these new waterless urinals “represent elegance, class, and detailing in design” that enhance the appearance of commercial restrooms.
Interestingly, the study also puts waterless urinals in a new market segment. Instead of in the restroom fixture market, they refer to waterless urinals as being in the “sanitary ware” market. This is likely because some customers who have installed waterless urinals have reported their restrooms appear cleaner with fewer odors after the waterless systems are installed.
“Waterless urinals are the latest technological improvement in the sanitary ware market,” says Soumya Mutsuddi, a lead analyst with Technavio Research. “A waterless urinal is designed in such a way that it saves 20,000 to 45,000 gallons of water per year. [And he confirms that more] manufacturers are focusing on the interior design of the urinals to enhance the aesthetical appeal of the bathroom.”
The Key Driver for Waterless Urinals...Saving Water
However, water savings appear to be the key driver for installation of waterless urinals. The researchers say that global awareness about the need to protect this natural resource and sustainability benefits overall is causing building owners and managers to find ways to reduce their environmental footprint, especially when it comes to water and energy.
“Washrooms have become one of the most important focus areas during construction [of new buildings] as they are potential factors to be considered for water conservation,” according to the researchers. “This is expected to spur demand for various types of urinals that possess water conservation functionalities.”
The study also said that because of the benefits of waterless urinal technology, they expect increased investments in this technology as well as related technologies that improve water efficiency. Further, new companies manufacturing no-water urinals are also springing up around the globe. For instance, the researchers mentioned a new India-based firm that has partnered with an Italian firm to market no-water urinals.
In the U.S., Waterless Co. Inc. is the oldest and one of the largest manufacturers of no-water urinals in North America.
For more information on how to reduce water consumption and use water more efficiently, please contact a Waterless Co representative.