How waterless urinals have saved millions

Like every other industry, plumbing needs to stay in step with advances in technology or risk falling behind market trends. The waterless urinal is an invention that is poised to save not only the planet, but also companies and the public, many thousands of litres of water a year. It seems like a logical systemic evolution that has the added benefit of saving significant amounts of money. The volume of water that a standard urinal flushes can be up to 60,000 litres annually - so the savings are significant. But how do waterless urinals work and what are the impediments to implementation? 

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The innovative design of waterless urinals

In line with any revolutionary advancement, the early stages of adoption for waterless urinals were fraught with trial and error. But the concept of a waterless urinal has withstood enormous pressure, and they have now serviced hundreds of thousands of satisfied customers.

With a design that traps odour, waterless urinals have circumvented concerns about smell. By filtering urine through a cartridge that sits above the drain, gases are prevented from escaping. A biodegradable fluid acts as a barrier, and allows urine to seep through and channel away, without the need for water.

Indeed, designs range from standalone bowls to troughs, and can be ordered in a range of materials, shapes and colours. Perhaps the greatest opportunity comes from public venues, like shopping centres, hotels, high rise offices and stadiums, which experience mass usage on a daily or weekly basis. But even smaller venues, like restaurants, clubs and council toilet blocks will immediately see a benefit from upgrading to a waterless urinal.

The advantages of waterless urinals

Becoming water smart is good for the environment and for setting an agenda of sustainability. Scale should not be a factor. Indeed, some of the largest sporting arenas in the world have installed waterless urinals and recorded astronomical savings - in water consumption and also cost. Waterless urinals should be viewed as a long-term solution that will yield benefits for decades to come.

Like any frequently used bathroom, there is an inherent degree of necessary maintenance. The canister that seals a waterless urinal will need to be replaced in order to keep odour to a minimum. But this is far more cost-effective than flushing away, and wasting, thousands of litres of water.

The future of waterless urinals in Australia

In Australia, the plumbing industry has moved towards best practice measures that focus on water sustainability. This has been set in legislation that paves the way for licensed plumbers to recommend waterless urinals more widely.

Unpredictable drought conditions have the potential to decimate many industries reliant on water. Waterless urinals are just one step in the right direction for accountability in relation to natural resources. The impact cannot be understated, with our entire population due to benefit from innovative thinkers.

Revolutionising how the public accesses public bathrooms is a good places to start, so attitudes are forced to shift. Once installed, the choice is simple. Waterless urinals will be utilised as a matter of necessity.