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Poll: Cleaning 'most overlooked consideration' of no-water urinal selection

March 9, 2010
VISTA, CA — A poll distributed to facility managers and building owners found that the understanding of how units are cleaned and maintained is the "most overlooked consideration" when selecting a no-water urinal system, according to a press release.
According to the release, 26 percent of respondents cited understanding of the cost of unit cylinders or traps, 5 percent cited whether or not users would accept no-water urinals and 2 percent cited how much water is actually saved with the units.
The poll included only one question — often referred to as a micro-poll — and was conducted by AlturaSolutions Communications for Waterless No-Flush Urinals, the release stated.
Klaus Reichardt, founder and managing partner of Waterless No-Flush Urinals, expressed surprise that understanding the costs of the cylinders came in second, saying: "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. Facility managers need to know facts like this before selecting a no-water urinal system."
He also added that training on the proper cleaning and maintenance of the units are essential, the release added.
Reichardt said: "Managers and [building] owners typically select waterless urinals because they want to cut down on maintenance and save water. 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."
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