VISTA, CA — A one-question survey — often referred to as a micro-poll — asked facility managers and building owners what they thought was the most overlooked consideration when selecting a no-water urinal system.
The poll, which was conducted by AlturaSolutions Communications
for Waterless No-Flush Urinals
, received 63 votes. The poll was posted on a variety of social media websites designed exclusively for facility managers and building owners.
The survey found the following were the "most overlooked considerations" when selecting a no-water urinal system:
- Understanding how the units are cleaned and maintained, 67 percent
- Understanding how much the cylinders or traps used in most no-water systems cost, 26 percent
- Knowing if users will accept no-water urinals, 5 percent
- Realizing how much water they will save with a waterless urinal, 2 percent
Klaus Reichardt, founder and managing partner of Waterless No-Flush Urinals, says he was surprised that understanding the costs of the cylinders would come in second.
"The charge for the cylinders/trap inserts [that must be changed every two to four months] can vary from as little as $7 to as much as $40," he says. "Facility managers need to know facts like this before selecting a no-water urinal system."
On some social media websites where the poll was posted, a number of people also expressed their thoughts about no-water urinal systems. For instance, these were some of their comments:
- We had IAQ complaints from these units.
- They work and have saved us a lot of water.
It is important to make sure the custodial crew knows how to clean them.
I''ve never seen one; how do they work?
"Managers and [building] owners typically select waterless urinals because they want to cut down on maintenance and save water," says Reichardt. "Although they are easy to maintain, some cleaning personnel may not [be] properly trained on how this is performed. Possibly manufacturers must work harder educating custodial workers on the proper care and maintenance of no-water urinals."
Waterless Co. Inc. has established a reputation as an innovative manufacturer, serving the building, plumbing and janitorial industry for over 18 years. Based in Vista, California, Waterless Co. offers quality, innovation and expertise in water conservation and high efficiency products for building owners with a full line of Waterless No-Flush urinals, cleaning liquids, and cost saving accessories.